CALIFORNIA, January 17, 2014 — The corrosive nature of politics and the decay of our nation are discouraging, but not unexpected for those holding a Biblically based worldview. When so many politicians seem to have little or no moral compass reflecting the timeless truths of God’s word, it’s not surprising to see power abused and the blurring of good and evil (Isaiah 5:20-21).
This year brings another opportunity to elect leaders aligned with the values of the Biblically based faith community. Influencing our nation through qualified leadership not only provides for the common good, it strengthens our freedom to live by and publically proclaim truth.
But what values should influence our candidate selection?
Remember why governments exist. Romans 13:1-6 and 1 Peter 2:13-14 succinctly state that governments are to praise what’s good and punish evil using God’s, not man’s standards.
So how’s our current crop of politicians doing in promoting good for our nation?
The most basic and priceless gift is life. When government ceases to protect the sanctity of life from conception to natural death, it fails its most basic responsibility (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 127:3; 139:13-16). Not surprisingly, those who rationalize the “right” of abortion will also support the evils of: euthanasia; physician assisted suicide; embryonic stem cell research; and eventually Obamacare healthcare rationing. Those who support the destruction of vulnerable and innocent life — whether they’re sincere, misguided, ignorant or just political cowards — are unworthy of respect and unqualified to hold public office.
What about protecting the bedrock of society — the family? Millions of families are harmed as government smothers the economy, wastes tens of trillions of dollars on a futile “war on poverty,” and encourages lifelong dependence on a soulless bureaucracy. If this weren’t bad enough, by redefining marriage to include anything abnormal and of limited benefit to society it’s no wonder the family institution is so weak. It’s time to elect leadership that’s not afraid to promote the traditional, healthy family unit for the good of society and our nation (Ephesians 5:22-6:4; 1 Timothy 5:8).
Our liberties include the freedom of religious conscience in both private and public realms. Our nation was founded on Christianized western political thought, Biblical justice principles, and widespread acceptance of Christian morality. But this last generation has actively tried to remove any hint of Christianity from the public arena. Even the entertainment industry and major news media routinely try to marginalize and openly denigrate Christian influences in our culture.
What was true in ancient Israel is becoming true today (Deuteronomy 28). When a nation ignores God, everyone eventually suffers. Godly leaders who actually understand and are willing to promote our nation’s founding principles are needed to defend and once more promote what made our nation strong (Matthew 5:13-16; 22:37-39).
What about government’s role in recognizing and punishing its own evil?
Everyone knows it’s wrong to steal (Exodus 20:15; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Yet politicians rob the fruit of our labors and future generations’ labors with impunity. With $17 trillion of debt and $90 trillion of future unfunded obligations, any sane person can see that our government’s policies are shameful, if not criminal. Many politicians are blinded by self-importance rather than guided by a duty to be good stewards of other people’s money. Ultimately, fiscal irresponsibility presumes on God’s future blessings instead of godly restraint (James 4:13-17). This level of fiscal blindness should represent disqualifying factors for anyone claiming to serve the public good.
What about illegal immigration? When a nation doesn’t control its borders, it ceases to be a nation. Millions of illegals have been incentivized to enter our country and take jobs, overcrowd our public schools, abuse entitlement programs and burden our healthcare system. These abuses, as well as mushrooming gang violence, prison overcrowding, human and drug trafficking, and other undesirable consequences are ignored by politicians more interested in political gain than concern for our nation. Allowing this to continue only weakens our ability to address the real problem: foreign countries that abuse their own people.
Obamacare is one of the clearest threats to our physical wellbeing. By usurping control of the finest medical system in the world, politicians will make healthcare rationing inevitable for those who need it the most. Government is demonstrably incompetent to make personal decisions for its citizens. In fact, when has government ever created a cost effective environment that increases quality or quantity of any service?
Obamacare by its nature will doom generations to impersonal bureaucratic decisions instead of market based solutions to deliver compassionate healthcare through competition. Those who supported this nightmare aren’t just misguided; they’re a danger to every other private sector of our nation.
Many other issues could be listed, but candidates who are wrong on any of the above will not serve us or our nation well. God is sovereign in the lives of politicians and those who will rule over us (Romans 9:17-18; Proverbs 21:1). But he also uses his people to influence our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-4; Proverbs 25:15), and in this country to select those most worthy to exercise power.
May we choose well when we vote this year, and may the Lord have mercy on us all (Proverbs 14:34; 28:12).
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