20-20 Voter Vision
Biblically Speaking Of Course
Have you visited the Optometrist lately? It always seems a bit un-nerving to get that examination and discover where your physical vision is – and then to compare it to what is the norm.
Voter vision is often the same only we do not always have a simple chart on the wall to diagnose our views or compare to. Instead of reading one progressively smaller line after another, it would be good to provide a simple, straight forward way of comparing our views to those God has given. Several tools like this have been posed in the past and this may be one more that can work for you.
As we each consider candidates we intend to vote for this November (or in the next election also) we should carefully compare each one’s record and policies to find how closely they compare to what God has made important as we make our choices. This is not intended to be for any one candidate or any one party, etc. Rather, use this as an overlay to see clearly how each lines up with God’s views. If you are not interested in God’s perspective or feel they are obsolete, then ignore this. However, if His views and directives are considered important and even critical for you, then use this liberally. Ask the question that will help you see where each candidate, local, county, state or national, agrees with and stands with God.
1. Pro-choice vs. Pro-life. God states in Proverbs 6:16-19, “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him; haughty eyes, lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.” (see also: Proverbs 139:13; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:44).
2. Marriage. Genesis 2:22-24, “Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib He had taken out of the man, and brought her to the man… For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” (see also: I Corinthians 11:8-9; Matthew 19:5-6; Ephesians 5:11-12).
3. Anti- Semitism vs. Pro-Israel. “I will bless those who bless you (Israel), and whoever curses you I will curse.” See also: Acts 3:25; Galatians 3:8).
4. Welfare vs. Work. II Thessalonians 3:10, “For even when we were with you , we gave you this rule: ‘If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” (see also: I Thessalonians 2:9.
5. Purpose of Government and Debt. Romans 13 This entire chapter is relevant. Government’s purpose is to reward good and punish evil. Also, government should pay its debts as we should ours .
In summary, we should encourage everyone, along with ourselves, to vote for those who most closely follow God’s Word in their policies and beliefs. Remember, we are not voting in our “National Priest or Pastor”. We should, however, be placing in leadership those who follow after God the most, even if they claim not to believe in God. Avoid being caught in a particular party or voting against someone you just don’t like.
Abraham Lincoln said it well, “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for He is always right”. . See clearly with God’s vision.
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