Before we begin, although I am writing this in 2016, the principles outlined in this post will be relevant whenever you read it.
There were plenty of reasons not to vote for either candidate when the long election campaign began.
OK, let’s get started….in my original post, ‘A Guide To Voting‘, which was published prior to the UK’s EU referendum in June 2016, I looked at voting using the EU referendum and the 2016 US presidential election as examples. Now, in October 2016, the fight for the UK to leave the EU has been won, with the process of leaving due to officially start in March 2017. The chains of tyranny are finally being broken and an independent Great Britain is preparing to step onto the world stage once again. The American presidential election is now a matter of weeks away and much has happened since my last post. There were plenty of reasons not to vote for either candidate when the long election campaign began and more reasons have emerged during the campaign.
Look beyond individuals, to the party platform that they are standing on.
In the UK, because we do not have a president, the nature of voting is different. The election campaigns – which are a lot shorter than the American ones – are focused on the different political parties, the main two being the Conservative and Labour parties, rather than on who will be prime minister (although this is still an issue). These two parties are, broadly speaking, the equivalent of the US Republican and Democratic parties. As I mentioned above, the 2016 US election has produced numerous negative points about each candidate; which demonstrates the need, whatever country you are in, to look beyond individuals to the party platform that they are standing on. You may have issues with all of the parties, so it is important to diligently find out what they believe in. Look for areas which agree with your Christian beliefs and standards. Also look out for red flags, which should serve as warnings to you.
They are the policies of communism and it’s little sister, socialism.
For example, the redistribution of wealth and higher taxes for the rich are not in any way Bible based. They are the policies of communism and it’s little sister, socialism. The appeal of these sorts of policies has its roots in jealousy. Many people are jealous of those who are better off than they are. A fair taxation system would be based on a set percentage rate, which would ensure that rich people did pay more, but at the same percentage rate as poorer people. Another major red flag is the subject of abortion, if you vote for a political party that is strongly in favour of abortion (see ‘The Right To Choose‘), then you will have the blood of countless innocent children on your hands – yes I know that’s tough talking, but it’s the truth. One of the sins of ancient Israel was that they were offering their children as sacrifices to demonic ‘gods’, which of course was terrible. However, the number of children offered as sacrifices by ancient Israel is dwarfed by the number of children that are aborted yearly in countries like the UK & the US.
You cannot get much more innocent than an unborn child.
I could give you many verses that show God’s view of abortion, but as that is not the focus of this post let me give you just one. In Proverbs 6, “hands that shed innocent blood”, are listed among seven of the things that God hates and you cannot get much more innocent than an unborn child. The bottom line is that someone who votes for a political party with a strongly pro-abortion policy is as guilty as the person who carries out the abortion. To back up what I am saying here, look at Acts 2:36, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ“. Here, Peter says that the house of Israel are responsible for crucifying Jesus, when of course it was the Romans who actually crucified Him. (Just to be clear, this does not justify antisemitism. All of us are equally responsible for what happened to Jesus, it was because of all of our sins that He was nailed to the cross). This is not to put condemnation on anyone for what may have happened in the past though, just as the Jewish people back then had the opportunity of repentance, we too have the opportunity of repentance for any mistakes we may have made in the past.
When all the main choices offer no alternatives, then you need to look for other areas to guide your voting.
In your voting choices, it may be that there are areas where there is no good option. For example, in the UK the so-called ‘equal marriage‘ law was brought in by the Conservative Party, supporting a extremely liberal and not at all ‘conservative’ policy – and the Labour Party was cheering them on the whole way. When all the main choices offer no alternatives, then you need to look for other areas to guide your voting. On this particular subject, my hope is that if America reverses the terrible decision made under President Obama and instead pursues a policy of supporting only traditional, biblical marriage once again, the UK – which has always had far closer links with America, than Europe – will see the light and follow suit.
You are hardly in a position to be second guessing God.
Another area to look out for is what a political party has to say about areas of sexuality outside of the heterosexual norm. Whilst society seems to have an ever increasing vocabulary to describe these things, the Bible usually refers to them as just one thing: sin. Let’s be clear, God-ordained relationships are between are man and a woman – anything outside of that is sin, there are absolutely no exceptions. Whether that seems fair to you is totally irrelevant – you are hardly in a position to be second guessing God, are you? A society that thinks that it knows better than God, is a society at the height of stupidity. For more on this topic see my post, ‘The Homosexuality Issue‘. This connects with another issue which should be very important to a Christian voter: Will the party that you are considering voting for, uphold and champion your right to promote the Bible as the absolute truth; will it protect your right to boldly declare that Jesus is the only way to heaven (see ‘All Roads Lead To Heaven (Apparently)‘) and your right to call sin what it is (in a lovingly and not judgmental manner) and not have to watch what you say because of political correctness. If the answer to these questions is no, then to vote for that party would be like the early Christians voting for Nero (if the Roman Emperors had been elected in the same way). It would be a fool’s vote – I know that’s pretty blunt, but I’m here to tell the truth, not make friends (see ‘Peacemakers or Truth Speakers?‘).
So to conclude: do your research, pray, allow God to lead you in how to vote, and remember that nobody is perfect, everyone has made mistakes; but don’t let those mistakes cloud your judgement.
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