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How do you decide?

Staff report


Recently, two strong Christian leaders asked worthwhile questions regarding the upcoming elections. In her email to subscribers, Beverly LaHaye, Founder of Concerned Women for America (CWA), beseeches you to contemplate, “What’s your vote worth?” She reminds us our vote counts like invaluable currency, expressing “When we consider what is at stake, the security of our families and future of our country, our vote should be treated like a million-dollar investment,” and of pasts swing votes where every single vote mattered. Of equal importance, she emphasizes “If we are to be free to live out our faith and order our society according to the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…we must have people in elected offi ce who honor the proper role of government, defend religious freedom, respect the sanctity of life and marriage, and have the character to do what is right…”

Beverly’s email also offers this “quick checklist:”

• Where does he or she stand on the moral issues that God calls good or evil? Abortion destroys innocent human life and harms women; does the candidate pledge to uphold the sanctity of life and not force taxpayers to subsidize abortions? Pornography degrades women and steals our children’s innocence: does the candidate seek to protect our communities from its proliferation?
• Marriage is the bedrock of every healthy society and God’s plan for the foundation of the family; does the candidate vow to defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman?
• Religious freedom is crucial to a free society; does the candidate respect the free exercise of religion such as prayer in public and the right to honor God in public settings?
• Does the candidate exhibit strong character? The best way to discern a person’s character is through both their personal and professional life. Do they take their vows, whether marriage
or to uphold the Constitution, seriously? Do they believe in the rule of law, that is, there is an authority higher than themselves and it applies equally to everyone? Are they charitable in personality and their own giving, but wise enough to know what people really need?
• What does their history and experience reveal about them? Do their actions match their campaign promises? How have they voted in the past on key moral issues? Now that both political parties recognize the importance of Evangelical voters, we are seeing candidates tout their “Christian” credentials during campaigns even though their positions and voting records contradict Biblical principles.
   Even more worthy of your consideration is the question posed by Pastor John MacArthur in his sermon on titled “A Nation Under God?,” asking “What does God require of leaders and of people in power?”
   Imploring us to recognize our country is far from God, MacArthur states “God’s standards are the only way to distinguish a good ruler from a bad one.” He lists the following nine necessary biblical traits of a leader, with supporting scripture given in His Word:
• Worship of the true God: Psalm 47, Psalm 138:4-5, Proverbs 1:7
• Righteousness: 2 Samuel 23:3, Proverbs 14:34, Proverbs 25:5, Isaiah 32
• Justice: Psalm 83 & 84, Psalm 82:1-8, Proverbs 29:4, Proverbs 8:15
• Wisdom: Proverbs 8:12, Proverbs 25, Proverbs 6:16 & 17, Proverbs 20:28
• Honesty: Note everywhere the bible says “He did evil in the sight of the Lord”
• Morality: Same, plus some of the others above
• Humility: 2 Chronicles 12:12, 32:26, 33:12, 33:23, 36:12, Philippians 2:8
• Protection: Proverbs 31:8, Psalm 94:20-21, Habakkuk 2:12
• Courage
   Pastor MacArthur closes out reminding us “Jesus in the only ideal King,” and in Isaiah 33:20-22, we know to “Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts. Your eyes will see Jerusalem, a peaceful pasture, a tent that does not wander; its tent pegs will not be pulled up, nor will any of its cords be broken. But there the Majestic One, our LORD, will be for us a place of rivers and wide canals, where no galley with oars will row, and no majestic vessel will pass. For the LORD is our Judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our King. It is He who will save us…”

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