Thursday, October 13, 2016
Bedrock biblical principles for a seismic election
By Jonathan Imbody*
In over two decades of public policy advocacy in Washington, DC, I have never witnessed such division among colleagues and people of faith as in this polarizing election.
Taking a deep breath and a step back to remember some bedrock biblical principles can help us navigate this tumultuous season. We can emerge on the other side of the election with both our relationships and our principles intact.
Consider the following passages and their implications for a time such as this:
That means Christians carry a special responsibility, as far as within their power, to guide government toward good and away from evil. We do so for the good of others, and especially for the vulnerable.
In a democratic republic, voting is our bare minimum responsibility. Not voting represents a dereliction of duty and leaves governing to those who do not benefit from God's clear revelation. That puts people at risk whom God calls us to protect.
So if you know God's principles, vote for those who will come closest to carrying out those principles. If you can't in good conscience vote for a main party candidate for president, write in your choice and make sure to also vote for U.S. Senators and Representatives and state and local officials.
*Jonathan Imbody is the author of Faith Steps (http://www.freedom2care.org/learn/page/faith-steps-book-study-guide), VP of Government Relations for the Christian Medical Association (www.joincmda.org) and Director of Freedom2Care (www.Freedom2Care.org).
Rembrandt van Rijn paintings above:
1. Conspiracy of Batavians under Claudius Civilis
2. The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard
3. Return of the Prodigal Son
4. Matthew and the Angel