5 Principles to Remember When Voting

This may be the most contentious election in the history of our nation. Families are divided. Christians are divided. Facebook friends are divided. Much hostility is in the air.

With that in mind, let me suggest a few principles that should be on your mind when you enter the voting booth.

1. Secular Government is oppressive.

In 1 Samuel 8, we find Israel establishing their first king. But before they moved forward with that historic change in the way they governed their nation, God warned the Israelites about the evils of human government. The problem with government by man is that it is run by, well, men [and women]. And those men and women are all stricken with a terrible flaw: every person is desperately evil.

Jeremiah puts it like this:

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9- NKJV)

Rule by man will always be flawed because of our sinful natures. Bigger government means bigger flaws. Limited government means limited flaws.

2. Life is precious.

God puts a high premium on life. Genesis 9:6 says, “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man.” (NKJV) When you enter the polling booth, you certainly must ask yourself which candidates or policies are most reflective of God’s perspective on the value of human life.

3. The law is a schoolteacher.

The Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 3:24 that the Law (referring to the Old Testament Law) is a “school teacher.” By that he means that the Law teaches us what is right and what is wrong. Human laws have the same effect on a culture. For instance, laws against prostitution, incest, stealing, murder, etc. have a way of writing rules of right and wrong on people’s hearts and consciences. It teaches us what is right and what is wrong.

Therefore, we must be careful when choosing candidates or policies that go against God’s Laws. When we do so, we begin teaching a generation of citizens that those Laws that God has established really don’t matter after all.

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