Priorities and Politics
Oct 29, 2012
The election is now eight days away and in my opinion, there have been few presidential elections as important as this one. There has never been two candidates that have completely different ideologies regarding what the future of the United States should look like. Since President Obama and Mitt Romney are both personable, the Democratic and Republican platforms are a good place to start when determining which party's values more closely align with your own. These statements of purpose are thoroughly and methodically crafted agendas to be implemented over the course of the next several years based upon which party is in control.
As a Christ-follower my goal is to allow the scripture to define my worldview and in the process define how I vote. So, with so many issues before us - abortion, gay marriage, jobs creation, immigration reform, energy policies, social justice, foreign policy, etc., do we place them all on the same level? Do we declare that social justice is equal to abortion or gay marriage par with job creation? I have to ask myself "How would each of these issues rank from a biblically based viewpoint recognizing that each of these issues carry great weight and define what the future holds for us?" I've concluded, as a Christ-follower, that the issue of "life" ranks as the top priority when deciding on which candidate to support. It is my primary consideration for whom to vote, not the only consideration. Here's why: I believe the scripture puts pre-eminence on "life". Am I God? No! Would He have "life" as the first order of priority? Absolutely! Jesus said in John 10:10, I have come that you might have LIFE more abundantly! The reason Christ came was to give life. In Exodus 21, the penalty for the accidental death of an unborn child was death. It is the only instance in scripture where causing an accidental death resulted in a death sentence. This shows the value the Lord places on life in the womb.
Since politics is one of the practical ways that we express our values, shouldn't the platform we choose to support reflect our deepest held beliefs? There is no question that both Party's platform contains initiatives that align with our beliefs. However, classifying every issue as being no more important or greater than the other is dangerous. Because everything that we see has come from the realm that is unseen, then it stands to reason that moral issues have a significantly greater impact on our future than economic issues faced by our nation. Could it be that our economic constraints are the result of us having lost our biblically inspired moral compass? I'd love to know what you think...