I – like many evangelical Christians – used to believe God only cared about abortion and homosexual rights, when it came to politics. Don’t get me wrong, abortion is a horrible evil, always. Homosexuality is sin. But the same people, that convinced me these were the two main issues of God’s agenda, also worked to convince me that, cutting taxes for the wealthy was a biblical issue – as was cracking down on “illegal” immigrants, and the right to carry semi-automatic weapons freely.
Hmmm, I don’t remember reading THAT in the bible, but I do recall many verses about caring for the poor, welcoming the “alien” to live among you, and the obligation of those with means to care for those without (the laws on gleaning) and even laws to make sure the rich don’t keep getting richer, while the poor just keep on getting poorer (laws regarding the jubilee)
Sojourners, a Christian magazine, has put together a biblical issues voting guide. I’ve listed below a summary of the main principles they think should be addressed in a “Biblical” approach to voting.
So, what do you think?
Following this list, is a link to where you can find the complete list.
1. Peace and Restraint of Violence –
“ … They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” —MATTHEW 5:9
- Bring peace to Iraq
- Eliminate nuclear weapons
- Support security and freedom in the Middle East
- Strengthen the United Nations and international law to fight terrori
2. Consistent Ethic of Life …
“The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” —JOB 33:4
“Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth
and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: I
am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you.”
- Dramatically reduce abortion
- End capital punishment
- Stop genocide.
3. Strengthen Families and Renew Culture “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God … .”—ROMANS 12:2
- Strengthen marriage and families
- Restore integrity to our civic and business practices
- Prevent violence
4. Racial Justice – and ending Racial Disparities “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” —GALATIANS 3:28
5. Human Rights, Dignity, and Gender Justice
- Humane and Holistic Immigration Policies
- Religious Freedom World wide
6. Good Stewardship of God’s Creation
“So God created humankind in God’s image … male and female God created them.” —GENESIS 1:27
“ … what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory
and honor.”—PSALM 8:4-5
The following is from the Sojourners website…..
Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” — PROVERBS 31:9
Christians have a moral and civic responsibility to participate in the political life of society by prayerfully measuring the proposed policies of all candidates against Christian ethics and values. Our broad set of Christian values should inform our political decisions. While we must be careful about translating scripture directly into public policy positions, the following principles and suggested approaches on a range of issues provide a critical framework to shape our perspective on public policy and political leadership. We encourage you to use this guide to educate yourself on these issues. This can inform you as you write letters to candidates or to your local newspaper, call radio talk shows, and ask candidates at forums or town hall meetings questions based on these principles. Think and pray about whom you would entrust with the responsibility to lead your community, state, and nation. We pray that this provides a moral compass to inform prudential political judgments.
For a downloadable pdf version of the 2008 Voter Issues Guide, click here.
Election 2008: Voting All Your Values. by Sojourners staff. Sojourners Magazine, November 2008 (Vol. 37, No. 10, pp. 29). Cover.