W mihen voting as a Christian, social values should never be your priority.
In parts one, two & three of the ‘Guide To Voting’ series, I looked at how to vote from a Christian point of view. When voting as a Christian, social values should never be your priority – Biblical values should always come first. As I write this article, the 2017 General Election in the UK (which I used as a backdrop to ‘A Guide To Voting – Part Three‘) has just taken place and has highlighted some issues which are worth exploring.
We have an obligation and a responsibility to vote.
Firstly, let’s look at the importance of actually voting at all. As Christians, or indeed even just as citizens of democratic countries, we have an obligation and a responsibility to vote. Previous generations fought and died in World War II so that we would be able to vote for our own government and not to be ruled by Germany (I am writing from a British point of view). Countless numbers of our friends from America also gave their lives for this. But that is not all. At the beginning of the 20th Century, women were not entitled to vote and many fought hard over a long period of time to gain that right. The right to vote should never be taken lightly, and yet, when you look at voting statistics it appears that many have taken it lightly – as least in the United Kingdom (I cannot speak for other countries). The recent election in the UK resulted in a significant increase in the vote for the socialist Labour Party. Apparently a very large part of this was because the Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, managed to get the young people of the country – who had not previously taken voting very seriously – to not just vote, but to vote for his party.
If your reason to vote is because you get offered a bribe, that is a pretty poor reason to vote for someone.
So what was it that encouraged a generation of people to vote? A generation that was not persuaded by their predecessors’ suffering and dying to both get, and keep, the right to vote. The answer is a sad one – the thing that seems to have convinced large numbers of young people to vote, who had not previously bothered to vote (plus persuaded those who were previously too young) was a big fat bribe. This bribe came in the form of free university places. If your reason to vote is because you get offered a bribe, that is a pretty poor reason to vote for someone. In fact, it should be viewed as a very big warning sign. The fact that the UK, like the US and many other countries, has large levels of debt and cannot afford to finance free university places and all the other things the Labour Party was offering did not seem to matter. Everything that was offered was financed by a magical money tree. Or in reality, it was financed in the typical socialist way – more borrowing and higher taxes for all but working class people. The story of Robin Hood is a great English legend, but his tactics of robbing the rich to give to the poor are not a fair way to run a tax system. In fact, Robin Hood politics are one of the foundations of Communism – “Workers of the world, unite“!
As Christians, we should never just hope that we make the right decision. We should know that we are making the right decision.
If you are a young person and what I have written here does not apply to you, that’s great – things like this are never true for everyone. If however, what I have written has touched a nerve, rather than get offended I encourage you to look into whether there is any truth in what I have said. I heard it said recently that it doesn’t matter who you vote for, as long as you vote. That sounds great, but actually it does matter. Non-Christians may sometimes be clueless when it comes to how to vote; but for Christians we have the Holy Spirit within us, we have the Bible to guide us, and we can listen to and discern what the different political parties are saying and what their core values are. All of this should enable us to make an informed decision as to how to vote. As Christians, we should never just hope that we make the right decision, we should not voting in the dark. We should know that we are making the right decision. My article, ‘6 Reasons Why God Is Not A Liberal‘, looked at why any party with predominately liberal values is the wrong choice for a Christian. That alone should narrow down your voting options!
When a liberal insults someone in this way, there is a good chance that the person or people in question have good Biblical values.
In ‘A Guide To Voting – Part Three‘, I showed how you will often see different groups of people with ungodly values congregating together in an election. The outcome of the recent UK election has highlighted that this also works on the positive side. The Conservative Party, although being by far the largest party in the UK Parliament, did not secure an overall majority. This meant that it needed to work with another party, and the obvious choice was immediately apparent – the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland. During a news programme after the election I heard someone from the very liberal Green Party, refer to the DUP as ‘bigots and homophobes’. This immediately got my interest, because when a liberal insults someone in this way, there is a good chance that the person or people in question have good Biblical values. So I read more about the DUP and sure enough, I was right.
I would say that’s what you could call a big green flag.
The Democratic Unionist Party was founded by the Rev Ian Paisley, who the BBC describes as being, “a fundamentalist Protestant preacher“. I would say that’s what you could call a big green flag (as opposed to a red flag) when it comes to voting for a particular party. The BBC also says that the DUP is, “still deeply conservative. It opposes same-sex marriage and is anti-abortion – abortion remains illegal in Northern Ireland, except in specific medical cases” – more green flags. The BBC also notes that “Mervyn Storey, the party’s former education spokesman, once called for creationism – the belief that human life did not evolve over millions of years but was created by God – to be taught alongside evolution in science classes” – you may not agree, but for me that is another green flag. Then there’s the quote given by a DUP Member of Parliament during the same-sex marriage debate: “In the garden of Eden it was Adam and Eve, it wasn’t Adam and Steve” – just the sort of thing that liberals hate, but a major green flag for Christians who believe the Bible as it is written.
Hindsight is always 20/20!
It seems to be the widely held view that the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, made a huge mistake in calling this election – hindsight is always 20/20! But could it be that it was God’s influence that caused Theresa May to make that decision? Proverbs 21:1 in The Message translation says, “Good leadership is a channel of water controlled by God; he directs it to whatever ends he chooses”. Yes, the Conservative Party lost their majority (rather than increasing it as they had expected) and from their point of view it was not a good result; but maybe the Democratic Unionist Party is just the sort of godly influence that this country needs. God knew what the result of the election would be, and He knew that the Conservatives would need to work with the DUP. I am not saying that that is definitely what happened and you may well disagree with me, but I can certainly see evidence of God’s hand at work. Oh, and by the way, the DUP are very pro-Israel! If you want your country to be blessed, having a pro-Israel policy is probably the most important way to achieve this.
God will show you how to vote.
Now obviously most of the people reading this will not live in Northern Ireland – as indeed I myself don’t – so this is not about encouraging you to vote for the DUP. This is about highlighting the DUP’s values as being exactly the sort of values you should be looking out for when voting in any election. If, as in Northern Ireland, you have more than one option with more green flags than red flags – such as the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party – then God will show you how to vote, provided you are listening.
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