Jesse helps us with some great research and a timely reminder that we must strive to serve God even in this area of public life:
What a great opportunity to hear from all three of our pastors about the upcoming election and what the Bible says about how we are to make a spiritual based decision. The Bible may not tell us who specifically to vote for, but it does instruct us on the correct Biblical process. In Exodus, Moses is instructed to “keep a sharp eye out for competent men--men who fear God, men of integrity, men who are incorruptible—“(The Message) With that biblical foundation, let’s look specifically at the candidates and their platforms. I have taken the liberty to present an unprejudiced and unbiased presentation from the same resource for each candidate.
In the Democratic primary our options are Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Clinton is, of course, the former first lady and former Secretary of State. Sanders is the U.S. Senator from Vermont. *Both are strongly liberal on issues of individual rights, domestic, economic and defense issues. Sanders is much more liberal on defense issues than is Clinton. As regards individual rights, they both strongly agree with abortion as a woman’s unrestricted right, legally requiring hiring women and minorities, and same-sex marriage. On domestic issues, they both strongly disagree that stricter punishment reduces crime and the absolute right to gun ownership, but they both strongly agree with expanding ObamaCare. As regards economic issues, they both strongly agree on stimulus better than market-led recovery, higher taxes on the wealthy, and a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens. They differ somewhat on defense issues with Sanders strongly disagreeing with supporting and expanding free trade and supporting American Exceptionalism (we are the first new nation, we have a unique mission to transform the world, and our history and mission give the US a superiority over other nations), and Clinton only disagreeing, but they both disagree with expanding the military. As far as the issues are concerned, they are too closely aligned to separate distinctively. *Data retrieved from InsideGov.com website. The extent of their evangelical leader support; Sanders claims the support of Reverend Al Sharpton and Clinton claims support from the Congressional Black Caucus.
In the Republican primary, our options have seemingly boiled down to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Both Cruz and Rubio have served as Senators and Trump has never held elective office. *All three Republican candidates are on the conservative end of the same issues spectrum that the Democratic candidates were compared. On the individual rights issue, both Cruz and Rubio strongly disagree with the abortion rights, while Trump only disagrees. Cruz and Rubio strongly disagree with same-sex marriage while Trump simply disagrees. They all disagree with legally requiring hiring women and minorities. On domestic issues, Rubio is slightly more conservative than the others, with all strongly agreeing to stricter punishment reduces crime and absolute right to gun ownership. Rubio strongly disagrees with expanding ObamaCare, while the others only disagree. Economically, they all strongly disagree with stimulus better than market-led recovery, and a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens. Cruz and Rubio strongly disagree with higher taxes on the wealthy while Trump agrees with higher taxes on the wealthy. On defense and international issues, they all strongly agree with expanding the military and supporting American Exceptionalism, but where Cruz and Rubio strongly agree to support and expanding free trade, Trump disagrees. Where Cruz and Rubio disagree with avoiding foreign entanglements, Trump agrees. *Data from InsideGov.com website summarizes that Trump is the least conservative of the three and Cruz the most conservative. World News Group sent out a survey to 103 of the most influential evangelical Christian leaders and 35% said they would vote for Rubio, with Cruz at 22% and Trump at 2%.
According to the PewResearchCenter website, surveys say that Cruz is considered the most religious of all presidential candidates, followed in order by Rubio, Clinton, Sanders and Trump.
So who do you vote for? James tells us “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)
You don’t have to vote for the winner, but you must vote your conscience, and your conscience should be governed by prayer! Acts 24:16 reminds us “So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.”