Often some will emphatically demand that one must not let his religion influence political choices. That is an amazing and very foolish stand for anyone to take. Christians, more than any other should make their choices based primarily upon their religion. That type of statement irritates some because of their ignorance of biblical teaching. It is necessary for any devout Christian to listen closely to the professions made by the various candidates as well as examining their record in whatever position they have held previously. We can never insist that our choice of candidate must be an avid and active true Christian. Why? Simply because we rarely have one running for public office. However, we should support one who is honest, intelligent, kind and one who has a successful record in some similar experience. One with characteristics found in a loyal and devout Christian.
This current election year may be the most important one for the United States since its becoming an independent nation over two millennia past. For many years, this nation was filled with many religious people, and although, their religious teachings and doctrines varied a great deal, the decency and willingness to help others prevailed along with a great deal of honesty. The nation prospered and became the greatest and most respected nation in the entire world. But, beginning somewhere around the post World War 2 period and following, many things began to grow into our society which has virtually destroyed us as a great nation.
In a democracy, it is absolutely essential that people of knowledge and intelligence try and place a worthy man into each governmental office. And unless people of this type out number those who are profane, ignorant, drug addicts, criminals and otherwise live evil or worthless and lazy lives, we will always elect highly questionable people whose lives are not conducive to that of helping others and creating a populace of contented and happy people. Those of us who try to pattern our mode of conduct to that of Jesus Christ’s life as well as His instructions, form a great portion of this nations populace and we desperately need to use what influence we can muster, to help elect a like minded person, who will strive for things good. Following are two quotes from supposedly wise men in the past which are of interest.
“I do not say that democracy has been more pernicious on the whole, and in the long run, than monarchy or aristocracy. Democracy has never been and never can be so durable as aristocracy or monarchy; but while it lasts, it is more bloody than either. … Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less
proud, less selfish, less ambitious, or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy. It is not true, in fact, and nowhere appears in history. Those passions are the same in all men, under all forms of simple government, and when unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty. When clear prospects are opened before vanity, pride, avarice, or ambition, for their easy gratification, it is hard for the most considerate philosophers and the most Nations and large bodies of men, never”. (Douglas Adams, in So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish – 1984 Chapter 36.) (Quote from Wikipedia)
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always
followed by a dictatorship.” (Tytler 17th century.) (Quote from Wikipedia)
Our nation had its beginning by those settlers, many of whom had come to this new country so as to be able to live for and worship God according to his dictates. They faced many hardships in the very beginning, yet God blessed their efforts and as mentioned above, this country
became the most admired and envied than any other nation. We fought and won just wars as they were pushed upon us and the nation prospered. This writer was born in 1930, in the heart
of the great depression. But again, God’s hand touched this nation and we slowly but surely grew prosperous once again. I was the fifth of five males born into our family and each of us were destined to serve in the U.S. military during wars, either the World War 2, or the Korean war. One of these died during World War 2, and all of us had lived during difficult times when money was indeed scarce.
Yet, with this said, I contend that we lived during the finest years that the world has ever known. Those who wished to serve God and live a godly life were not harassed, criticized or hindered. The majority of Americans were good. If one needed help, others pitched in and helped. Most were honest and of the type anyone would love to have for a neighbor. They respected each other and were willing to share with those in need. At the close of World War 2, the economy
and business prospered and people began to earn more money than they had ever been accustomed to.
But, along with this prosperity, came a change in attitude among many. Instead of being kind and generous between each other, many became greedy and very selfish. The kindness, consideration for others, slowly disappeared. Today we are faced with numerous problems, almost all of which are the result of greed, hatred, abandoning biblical guidance and God Himself. The saying which explains much of our problem is the old “dog eat dog” attitude.
Our extreme need at this time is to elect leaders for this great nation who will revert to biblical directions for our lives. Where mankind cares for others and is willing to help and share with others. Our next president needs to be one, religious or not, who will encourage people to live lives as those described in the New Testament by Jesus, His chosen apostles and other inspired writers. Also the candidate, which those of us who care should choose one who has some successful experience in his background which shows that he can handle the job. In this writers eyes, only two of the 17 Republican candidates, and none of the Democratic candidates, have such qualifications. Those two are Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin and Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida. Both of these men are gentlemen, honest, interested in the success of our nation and both have successful and excellent records as governors. Neither of them are
haughty and disgusting with boasting, yet have very successful backgrounds. This writer’s personal choice is that of Scott Walker, primarily due to the fact that he took the leadership of Wisconsin, facing some seemingly insurmountable problems, yet he came through smelling like a rose. A very successful job.
If Governor Walker could win and if Jeb Bush would be his choice, and was willing to be his running mate, we could expect great accomplishments from our next administration. It is very probable that the threat of restrictions on our religious freedom could, and would, be diminished.
Read what the apostle Peter has to say concerning a national leader. To obey his admonition would be quite difficult under some conditions, such as a leader who must have his own way regardless of what the majority of his constituents want. (2 Peter 2:17ff)
And scripture tells us to pray for our governing leaders (2 Timothy 2:1-4) and (Romans 13:1-7)
All true Christians should most assuredly vote in such important elections, but above all, they should not base their preferences on personal aspects such as party, race, general appearance and such like. Investigate rather, his stand on freedom of religion, freedom of speech, his prior experience and success in his previous positions, his character, honesty, and so on. When a person is known to have willfully lied time after time, they are unfit to hold such an office.