Wednesday, March 18, 2009
So, how should I vote?
14 “When you come to the land which the LORD your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,’ 15 you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. 16 But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the LORD has said to you, ‘You shall not return that way again.’ 17 Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself.
18 “Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, 20 that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:14-20)
As Christians, we are faced with the decision as to how we should vote at an election. The Bible makes clear that there is only one way that we should vote, and only one kind of candidate that is worthy of taking up office as a civil leader. Before elections we must test the candidates and see how they qualify in the context of the criteria above:
1. a brother (a male member of the covenant community of faith)
2. a citizen of the nation, not a foreigner with at best a divided allegiance.
3. not in political alliance with those of a foreign persuasion
4. an upright family man, with obedient children, with no propensity to philandering or other immoral activities
5. not overly wealthy (the idle rich)
6. knowledgeable in the Law of God, attending service regularly, and practising the Faith consistently
7. not prideful
Now, there is a dearth of candidates that fit these criteria. Therefore, we need to train young men to rise to the challenge of becoming this kind of person, at that time we will be able to vote with a clear conscience.