How Should Christians Vote?

By tomorrow night or early Wednesday we will know who the next president of the United States will be.   When we go to the polls tomorrow, how should we cast our vote as Christians? Should the candidate’s faith or lack of faith be a concern for us?

Here is an excerpt from the Christian Post opinion page by Eric Metaxas on how Billy Graham and Chuck Colson view the issue:

“Billy Graham also has strong views about voting for the best candidate no matter what his private beliefs are.   A few days ago, the Rev.  Graham took out newspaper ads in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch urging people to vote for candidates who supported biblical teaching on some of the great moral issues of the day.

As Graham put it, “We are at a crossroads, and there are profound moral issues at stake. I strongly urge you to vote for candidates who support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and woman, protect the sanctity of life, and defend our religious freedoms.”

Chuck Colson also held strong opinions on the issue of voting and I was a bit surprised by his position with respect to the candidate’s faith:

“Chuck also quoted Martin Luther, who reportedly said he would rather be judged by a competent Turk than an incompetent Christian. He meant that he’d prefer to choose the best qualified leader available than vote for someone less qualified who happened to share his religious beliefs.  We do this in other areas of our life all the time.  For instance, if you needed to undergo brain surgery, would you choose a Christian surgeon, or the best surgeon available no matter what his beliefs?

Chuck felt very strongly about the duty of Christians to vote-and to vote for the best qualified candidate no matter what his personal religious convictions.   He considered voting a spiritual duty.  On BreakPoint, Chuck noted that as voters, we are to choose the most competent people to be God’s magistrates to do justice, restrain evil, and preserve order.  He pointed to Exodus 18, where Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, told him to select men of good moral character who were competent to help judge the people.

I agree to a certain extent with Billy Graham, and Colson, who when it comes down to it… really are casting a vote for the lesser of two evils in order to support biblical principles.  But  we should always keep in mind that there are nonnegotiable issues Christians must endorse, like freedom of religion and speech, the sanctity of life and the institution of traditional marriage.

Now go vote! 🙂

6 comments on “How Should Christians Vote?

  1. The results may not come that soon. It may take a few weeks until we know for sure who the next president is. There may be riots and recounts. “Too close to call” may sound like déjà vu.
    Can you tell I like to make predictions? We may be disapointed.

    • there you go… no one took his church’s tax exempt status away for taking a stance against the ‘Romans 1 platform’ of the dem national convention 🙂

      • I see this disturbing trend of fear about losing tax exempt status. Don’t misunderstand me, I get that it’s very advantageous to have tax-exempt status, but can our churches be so easily bought off by money? Really? I mean with all the things Christians have endured throughout history, are we really willing to amend what we teach to avoid some taxes? What will they do when the gov’t says, you know, that whole BIble thing sounds a little too political….you shouldn’t teach that or we’ll take away your tax exempt status.

      • The ironic thing is that as far as we know a church or a pastor has never been sanctioned for endorsing a position, party or candidate! This whole non-profit status or loss of it is a theoretical risk… For now. But you’re right, it may be more costly for us to not stand up for what is right than to keep more money.

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