Biblical Guidance for Elections

“In any election where voters are given a choice between candidates, one candidate is likely to please God more than another.”

 

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The world God intended for us requires good leadership.

It is our responsibility as a people to do our best to make that happen – and to be serve as good role models ourselves.

In the Old Testament, Moses offers guidelines to follow when selecting leaders.

These Biblical guidelines have withstood the test of time. They remain as relevant today as they did thousands of years ago.

Today, as in the past, who we choose to lead us determines our fate as a people. Our leaders determine not only a people’s future, but the futures of our children, grandchildren, and future generations. Our leaders determine the future of peace, security, prosperity, our environment, and the world around us.

Elections are a privilege. Elections empower people to influence who will lead us and the values that will govern us. They empower people to help shape the world, consistent with the will of God as we understand it.

In any election where voters are given a choice between candidates, one candidate is likely to please God more than another. It’s our responsibility to vote in a manner that we believe will be pleasing to our Lord. Voting one’s conscience is an act of love. It is an opportunity to shape the world we live in.

One’s vote should reflect a voter’s conscience and religious convictions, based on their understanding of the likelihood that a candidate’s acts and omissions would please God. Through prayer, God can guide us in our voting decisions. Through prayer and responsible leadership, the future is bright.

No matter when or where an election is held, and no matter who the candidates are, the Bible outlines the following criteria for selecting a good leader:

First, our chosen leaders should be wise. (Deuteronomy 1:13)

Second, our chosen leaders should be experienced. (Deuteronomy 1:13)

Third, our chosen leaders should be understanding. (Deuteronomy 1:13)

Fourth, our chosen leaders should be fair at all times — “even to foreigners.” (Deuteronomy 1:16)

Fifth, our chosen leaders should, when rendering decisions, never favor someone because that person is rich. (Deuteronomy 1:17)

Sixth, our chosen leaders should, when rendering decisions, be equally fair to “great” people and “small” people alike. (Deuteronomy 1:17)

Last, our chosen leaders should act in a manner that represents God’s laws, and they should not fear political fall-out or political backlash when doing the right thing. (Deuteronomy 1:17)

Our votes should be motivated by unselfishness and reflect what is in the best interests of everyone, not just ourselves. (Matthew 7:12)

Times may change, but human nature, truth, and God remain constant.

And so, too, Old and New Testament guidelines for choosing the people best to lead us remain constant – whether in the United States, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Burkina Faso, or elsewhere in the world.

And if our leaders fail us, perhaps it is us who failed God. For it is our elected leaders who reflect a people’s values and commitment to God’s law, and lead us either away from or closer to Him as a people.

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