I have come to the conclusion that the sanctity of life and the purity of marriage are far more important to me than tax policy, the economy, terrorism, immigration, etc. That does not mean that those and other issues are not important to me. It means that they are less important to me. If a candidate is right on abortion and the family but wrong, or not as conservative as I’d like, on fiscal issues or foreign policy, I’ll favor the more important issues every time.
Dr. Albert Mohler’s radio program has addressed this very issue. Here is the link to his show “Bringing a Christian Worldview to the Ballot”. I strongly suggest you allocate 38 minutes of your day and listen to the program. Dr. Mohler unveils the “Albert Mohler 3-Step Christian Voting Formula” (patent pending) during the show. Mohler suggests that a Christian voter apply the following criteria to any candidate under consideration:
1. Competence – Is this person up to the job? Does he/she have the requisite experience and qualifications for the position?
2. Character – Do you trust this person? Does he/she have the maturity and integrity to represent the United States of America?
3. Convictions – What are the policy positions of the candidate and do they align with your convictions?
That is a solid formula, and it is even alliterated! (Another indication of Mohler’s Baptist identity.)
Paul instructs us by way of 1 Corinthians 10:31 that whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do (this includes voting), do all to the glory of God. All of the Christian’s choices and decisions are accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ. All of the Christian’s choices and decisions are to be made for the glory of God. This does not mean that God favors one political party or candidate over the other. We live in a fallen world populated by fallen people (this blogger foremost among them).
I neither expect nor believe it possible for one particular party and/or candidate to “lead the country to righteousness”. I do believe that as a Christian I must do my very best to make responsible, Biblically informed, God-honoring decisions.