There is a very important and volatile election coming up in a couple of months and the fervor is already rising to a heated level. Families, churches and friends are splitting over candidates and political parties. There is a lot of debating going on as to who is the right person. The nation is in a crisis and has been for years, not just the past four. The economy is at an all-time low and unemployment at an all-time high. The moral compass of our nation is spinning rapidly in circular motion from one view to another. Schools are no longer safe havens for our children. Who’s to blame? The Democrats? The Republicans? The Tea Party? The Media?
How many times recently, as in past elections, have I heard “neither party has good candidates and I don’t know who to vote for. I’m just not going to vote!” That is the worst thing we Christians can do. We must vote and we must vote Biblically. So how do we identify a “Biblical Candidate”?
As I was pondering this recently, I believe the Lord gave me a little insight into how we as Christians can identify the right candidate. It’s not about political party, there are good and bad in each one. It’s not about race or gender. These have nothing to do with a person’s character and integrity. It’s really about what they support in their personal world view. Is their world view consistent with Biblical principle? If so, then this is our candidate, regardless of party, race or gender. Even if we don’t agree in every point with a candidate, there are key issues that are clearly identified in the Bible as an abomination to God. We Christians may not like that Romney is Mormon, but what is his view on these key Biblical issues. We Christians may not like President Obama saying that our nation is no longer a Christian nation (which I happen to agree with), but where does he stand on the key Biblical issues. So what are these issues? These issues are the very things that the Lord outlines in the Scripture that defile a land and is an abomination to Him.
Leviticus 18:24–25; 29,30 — 24 Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, for in all these things the nations are defiled which I am casting out before you. 25 And the land is defiled; therefore I visit the iniquity of it upon it, and the land itself vomits out her inhabitants…29 Whoever commits any of these abominations shall be cut off from among [his] people…
30 So keep My charge: do not practice any of these abominable customs which were practiced before you and defile yourselves by them. I am the Lord your God.
Numbers 35:33–34 — 33 So you shall not pollute the land in which you live; for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood shed in it, but by the blood of him who shed it. 34 And you shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I dwell, for I, the Lord, dwell in the midst of the people of Israel.
Isaiah 24:5–6 — 5 The land and the earth also are defiled by their inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, disregarded the statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore a curse devours the land and the earth, and they who dwell in it suffer the punishment of their guilt. Therefore the inhabitants of the land and the earth are scorched and parched [under the curse of God’s wrath], and few people are left.
Jeremiah 2:7 — 7 And I brought you into a plentiful land to enjoy its fruits and good things. But when you entered, you defiled My land and made My heritage an abomination [detestable and loathsome].
Jeremiah 5:9 — 9 Shall I not punish them for these things? says the Lord; and shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?
So what are the sins that defile a land? Lev. 18 gives a list of sins that the Lord says defiles a land. In summary these sins are sins of sexual perversion such as incest, bestiality and homosexuality along with the sacrificing of children. Numbers 35 includes the shedding of innocent blood which would include murders stemming from hatred. There are also idolatries of all types and all of these sins are detestable, loathsome and an abomination to God and He promises that those who take part in these practices will be punished and His vengeance will come upon these nations.
So what has this to do with a political candidate? Which of our candidates support laws that protect or recognize these sins as being a legal or acceptable form of behavior? Those who are in authority over a nation have the power to affect the entire population and future of a nation with their decisions, so we must know our candidates stand on these issues.
We must ask, “which candidates support the legalization of shedding innocent blood through abortion? Which candidates support sexual perversion such as homosexuality as a viable and acceptable lifestyle? Which candidates are lax on the justice brought to those who shed another’s blood?” Do not look at the political party affiliation. Do not look at the ethnic origin. What is their stated view on these issues that the Word of God clearly says defiles our land and warrants God’s revenge on the nation?
In essence, this is what truly matters and not the party, race or gender of a candidate. As Christians, we have a responsibility to live by the Word of God and understand that our vote for such candidates bring upon us God’s judgment as well. We cannot be closet voters for those who approve these practices and think we will escape God’s promise of judgment. Many proclaim agreement with the Word of God on Sundays yet tell another story when they visit the polls to cast their vote.
Romans 1:32 — 32 Though they are fully aware of God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do them themselves but approve and applaud others who practice them.
We must do our due diligence on each candidate and make our vote count for the principles of God. 2 Chronicles 7:14 clearly states that if “His” people (the church) will turn from our wicked ways, fast and pray He will hear and heal our land. The church is the moral compass and if the church’s conscience becomes dark, then how dark our nation will become Psalm 11:13 If the foundations be destroyed, what will the righteous do?
We must trust the Lord to bring about the promise of 2 Chron. 7:14. The Lord states in Proverbs 21:1 —The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will. God will perform His Word in the nation of those who have a heart to honor God with righteousness and holiness. When the church repents and is healed, the land will be healed!
We are the church individually who make up the corporate body. Each of us individually has a responsibility to do our part and together we will have a strong voice. Let’s quit voting our pocket book and start voting our Bible!