Years ago, someone decided to push something around the internet regarding voting for a godly candidate. First off, America is not, nor has it ever been a Christian nation. You can say I am a liar, but check your history. Really, deists and enlightenment modernists, secular humanists, and only some of whom went to church. Don’t be blinded by the bias spouted from a liberal source or a conservative source when it comes to politics. Here is the real deal: we can not ever vote Christ into office- As Tony Campolo has said time and time again, “America is the best Babylon there is, she is still Babylon.” The kingdom of God isn’t an earthly, worldly realm, but rather something less tangible- Here in part and not quite yet. So here is my response to conservatives who suggest they are voting for a godly candidate…
*I will vote for the most pro-life candidate, because God hates the shedding of innocent blood (Proverbs 6:16, 17). Hmm, but will you vote for the one who wants to abolish the death penalty and end war and genocide.” I will vote for the candidate most likely to end war, because Jesus said pray for your enemies.
*I will vote for the most pro-Israel candidate, because God blesses those who bless Israel and curses those who don’t (Genesis 12:3).
I will vote for the most Pro-people-and-all-the-nations-candidate, because God loves Assyria and Egypt too. (Isaiah 19) In that day, Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing[b] on the earth. 25 The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.” and God loves foreigners. Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt. Oh and God so loved the world, yeah? John 3:16
*I will vote for the most pro-debt reduction candidate, because the borrower is servant to the lender (Proverbs 22:7).
I will vote for the one who promises to owe nothing but a debt of love, not even to the Government. Romans 13:8 – Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.
*I will vote for the most pro-work candidate because God says if a man does not work, let him not eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10).
I will vote for the one who will take care of the orphan and the widow James 1:27 27
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. Cares for the poor, and defends the defenseless
encourage the oppressed.[a]
Defend the cause of the fatherless,
plead the case of the widow
Maybe, I might even vote for the man who cares for the workers: James 5 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.[a] 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.
Or maybe I might vote for the one, who wants to have everything in common, and not have major poor or major rich:
Acts 2: 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
*I will vote for the most pro-marriage candidate, because God is for marriage as defined in Genesis 2:24. Wow, how many other verses are about marriage in the scripture? How about the ones where a raped women gets to marry her rapist, or how a man could marry many women, or how incest was marriage in the Bible as well. Instead, I will vote for someone who gives all persons rights, because in Christ there is neither Jew, Gentile, Male or Female (There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.) or maybe I will vote for a person, who like Jesus, cared for the “Roman Centurion and his slave boy” (humor me, and Google those possible implications.) Or maybe, I might vote for the person, like Jesus who ministers to a woman who has had five husbands. Oh, and just for the record, in Ezekiel 16:49-50 the prophet seems to indicate something about Sodom and Gomorrah
Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.
Or back in Isaiah 1, Where God calls Israel “Sodom and Gomorrah”
– Hear the word of the Lord,
you rulers of Sodom;
listen to the instruction of our God,
you people of Gomorrah!
11 “The multitude of your sacrifices—
what are they to me?” says the Lord.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure
in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
12 When you come to appear before me,
who has asked this of you,
this trampling of my courts?
13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—
I cannot bear your evil assemblies.
14 Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals
I hate with all my being.
They have become a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
I will hide my eyes from you;
even if you offer many prayers,
I will not listen.
Your hands are full of blood;
16 wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds
out of my sight!
Stop doing wrong,
17 learn to do right!
encourage the oppressed.[a]
Defend the cause of the fatherless,
plead the case of the widow
*I will vote for the candidate who most closely believes government’s purpose is to reward the good and punish the evil (Romans 13). Paul meant Romans 13 to be a smack in the face to Caesar. I will vote for the candidate who sees government not at a savior, but as a world system passing away. Romans 12
*I will vote based as close as I can on God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16)—The New Testament wasn’t put together until 300 or so. The word of God to persons like Paul and Peter and Christ was Torah, so we should focus on what the prophets said , (like Micah 6:6-8), knowing that whoever gets elected, wisdom and power are God’s, He sets up kings and deposes them; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in darkness and light dwells with Him. (Daniel. 2:21) You know before all of this presidential stuff, king stuff, and ruler stuff, there was just people. And God never wanted Israel to even have a king. 1 Samuel 8. So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. 5 They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead[b] us, such as all the other nations have.”
6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. 8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. 9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.”
10 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle[c] and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”
19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”
21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the Lord. 22 The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.”
If these are not YOUR beliefs….that’s OK! We can agree to disagree! I still love and respect you for who YOU are, despite what you may think!