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Who will be the next President Of The United States?

Today I want to take a moment to discuss the complicated issue of who we should vote for this November. No, I am not going to tell you who to vote for, that is not my place, but as Christians, we need to know a few things that God has ordained, so we can best choose who we will be voting for. The bible has a lot to say about this, one such example is found in Proverbs 29:2  ” When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”

Charles Finney once said; “The Church must take right ground in regards to politics . . . God will bless or curse the nation according to the [political] course Christians take.”

From the moment the first settlers came to America, and dedicated the land to “the glory of God, and the Propagation of the Christian Faith” the Christian church has played a central role in shaping the governmental structure of our nation. In this election year, with less than two months to go before we elect our next president, I felt it would be timely to look at what God’s Word says about civil government, and how Christians are to relate to secular authority. The Bible says more about this issue than we may realize.

Sadly, Christians who are involved in the political process are often labeled as being some sort of fringe group, the “radical Christian right.” However, our critics often overlook the fact that Christians have been on the cutting edge of some of the greatest reforms in history, including the development of many hospitals, charities, and the founding of some of our greatest colleges and universities. From the abolition of slavery, to the civil rights reforms of the 1960s, Christians have been on the front lines of making the world a better place for all.

Much is said about the “separation of Church and State.” While an in depth discussion of this topic is beyond the scope of this one post, there are a number of Scriptural principles that should be examined. While it is true that the Bible teaches that spiritual government (Church) and political government (State) are two separate institutions, they are to function in ways that are complementary to each other. For example: In ancient Israel, Moses was the political leader (Exodus 18:15-16), while his brother Aaron served in the Priesthood as the spiritual leader (Exodus 28-29) A similar relationship is seen between King Josiah and Hilkiah the Priest (2 Kings 22.) Another example would be Nehemiah the Governor (Nehemiah 7:1-7,) and Ezra the Scribe (Nehemiah 8:1-8.) Above all, the highest law is God’s Law, and He expects all human governments to be subject to it (Psalm 2:10-12; Isaiah 8:20.)

Please understand, I am not “preaching politics.” Ultimately, genuine change comes through changed hearts, which only occurs as people respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, we do still live in a fallen, sinful world, and as we will see, God has ordained the system of civil government to protect the innocent, and to maintain proper order. The Christian life carries a prophetic voice that calls us to shine light into dark places. Jesus’ call for His people to be salt and light to a dying world covers every aspect of life (Matthew 5:13-14,) including how we vote and relate to our government. Christians are to be peaceful, law abiding citizens, (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-15.) We are to pray for and honor our government leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-3,) faithfully pay our taxes (Matthew 22:21,) and to work for the highest good of all people (Proverbs 3:27; Galatians 6:10.) This includes working to promote Godly principles in politics and government (Proverbs 29:2.)

Romans 13:1-7, is a key text in understanding what the Scriptures say about the relation of civil and spiritual authority. In this passage, we see that civil government is ordained by God to punish evil, and preserve the peace in a society. It even goes as far as to call government servants ministers of God! (Obviously, they don’t always live up to it, but that is God’s ideal nonetheless.) In light of this, the Bible calls us to obey all civil laws, unless these laws are in direct violation to the laws and commandments of God (see Acts 4:19.)

There are a number of people in the Bible that God specifically called to work for change in the political and governmental arena. This includes men and women such as Joseph (Genesis 41:39-41), Deborah (Judges 5:1-7), Gideon (Judges 6:11-14), Samuel (1 Samuel 3:1-19), David (1 Samuel 16:1-13), Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1:1-11), and Daniel (Daniel 1:4-6; 18-21). In our day and age, there are a number of avenues through which we can work for change in civil authority. Election Day is just around the corner and as Christian men and women, we must take hold of this tool to help usher in Change of Biblical proportions; the God given privilege of voting is something we should never take for granted. Keep in mind that following Jesus transcends blind loyalty to political parties, and to a degree, there is room among Christians for some honest difference of opinion in regard to politics. Nevertheless, there are some Biblical principles that God requires us all to follow when it comes to the stands we take. So let’s take an honest look at these principles so we can be better prepared on Election Day.

These Biblically mandated issues include:

Speaking out for innocent life (Proverbs 31:8.) This includes unborn children (Psalm 139:13-16; Isaiah 44:2, 24; 49:1-5; Jeremiah 1:5)

Confronting sin and moral decay (Proverbs 14:34; Isaiah 5:20; Jonah 1:2)

Defending the poor and oppressed (Psalm 10:2; Isaiah 10:1-2; Amos 2:6-7)

Working toward the peace and blessing of Israel (Genesis 12:3; 27:29; Psalm 122:6)

Secondly, contrary to popular belief, character DOES count when choosing our leaders. Exodus 18:21-22 gives us a good model to follow. These passages show us that civil leaders are to be “…able men who fear God…men of truth, hating covetousness (greed)”. If our country had always followed these common sense guidelines when casting our votes, we would be a much stronger nation today.

The Bible describes leadership as being a sacred trust, and placing a person in such a position is a very serious thing. For example, in 1 Timothy 5:22, Paul instructs the young Pastor Timothy to “Lay hands suddenly on no man (to ordain him into the ministry,) neither be partaker of other men’s sins” In other words, if we hastily put a person into leadership who is not worthy of it, we risk bearing the guilt of that person’s sin.

What does this have to do with voting? As we mentioned earlier, the Bible also describes government leaders as being ministers of God. In this case, we “ordain” our leaders by our votes, support, and influence. If we support politicians who support ungodly causes, or promote immoral behavior, God holds us responsible for that. To bid a person “Godspeed” in their sin is to become a partaker of that same sin (2 John 11.), a very sobering thought.

Finally, we can never fall into the trap of substituting political involvement for the Gospel. We must recognize that politics can never be an instrument of salvation. While we can and should work for positive change, this is, at best, a Band-Aid solution. At their root, a nation’s problems are always spiritual in nature. When it comes to eternal issues, simply “moralizing” our culture is not enough. Winning people to our political causes is not enough. People can embrace all of the “Christianized” cultural influences in the world, but without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, they are still totally lost.

It has to start with each of us as individuals. God gives us the wonderful promise that “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. ” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

We can all start right where we are.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” (Psalms 33:12)image

I want you to take some time between now and Election Day to study the candidates and make an informed decision. Do you know who is on the ballot for President of the United States? Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton of course! But did you know there are no less than 10 (Ten) men and women seriously running for the office of President? I want you to click on this link: http://www.politics1.com/p2016.htm so you can see that we actually have several options. When this page opens, you can click on the candidate’s name and their website will open. Get informed and make a Godly decision that you can live with. Trump and Clinton are not the only options we have. Let’s take this seriously and pray that God will bless our nation and heal our land.

2016 Presidential Candidate websites:

 

DEMOCRATIC PARTY:

Hillary ClintonTim Kaine Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (New York)
Presidential Nominee
US Senator Tim Kaine (Virginia)
Vice Presidential Nominee

REPUBLICAN PARTY:

Donald TrumpMike Pence Businessman Donald J. Trump (New York)
Presidential Nominee
Governor Mike Pence (Indiana)
Vice Presidential Nominee

THIRD PARTY CANDIDATES ON 20+ STATE BALLOTS:


CONSTITUTION PARTY OF THE U.S.:

Darrell CastleScott Bradley Darrell Castle (Tennessee)
Presidential Nominee
Scott Bradley (Utah)
Vice Presidential Nominee

GREEN PARTY:

Jill Stein Ajamu Baraka Dr. Jill Stein (Massachusetts)
Presidential Nominee
Ajamu Baraka (Virginia)
Vice Presidential Nominee

LIBERTARIAN PARTY:

Gary JohnsonBill Weld Former Governor Gary Johnson (New Mexico)
Presidential Nominee
Former Governor Bill Weld (Massachusetts)
Vice Presidential Nominee

THIRD PARTY CANDIDATES ON
LESS THAN 20 STATE BALLOTS:


INDEPENDENT (NO PARTY):

Evan McMullinNot Yet Named Evan McMullin (Utah)
Presidential Candidate
Not Yet Designated
Vice Presidential Candidate
ALSO NOMINEE OF: BETTER FOR AMERICA PARTY and REFORM PARTY OF MINNESOTA

PARTY OF SOCIALISM AND LIBERATION (PSL):

Gloria LaRiva Eugene Puryear Gloria LaRiva (California)
Presidential Nominee
Eugene Puryear (District of Columbia)
Vice Presidential Nominee
ALSO NOMINEE OF: PEACE & FREEDOM PARTY and the LIBERTY UNION PARTY OF VERMONT

REFORM PARTY USA:

Rocky de la FuenteMichael Steinberg Rocky de la Fuente (Florida)
Presidential Nominee
Michael Steinberg (Florida)
Vice Presidential Nominee
ALSO RUNNING AS AN INDEPENDENT IN SOME STATES

SOCIALIST PARTY USA:

Mimi Soltysik Angela Walker Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik (California)
Presidential Nominee
Angela Walker (Wisconsin)
Vice Presidential Nominee

SOCIALIST WORKERS PARTY (SWP):

Alyson Kennedy Osborne Hart Alyson Kennedy (Illinois)
Presidential Nominee
Osborne Hart (Pennsylvania)
Vice Presidential Nominee

THIRD PARTY & INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES
ON LESS THAN FIVE STATE BALLOTS:

Frank Atwood Frank Atwood (Approval Voting Party-Colorado)

Scott Copeland Scott Copeland (Constitution Party of Idaho-Texas)

Michael Deeks (USA76 Party-Florida)

Richard Duncan Richard Duncan (Independent-Ohio)

Charles Earl (Independent-Ohio)

Princess Khadijah Jacob Fambro Princess Khadijah Jacob Fambro (Revolutionary Party-California)

Jim Hedges Former Township Tax Assessor Jim Hedges (Prohibition Party-Pennsylvania)

Tom Hoefling Tom Hoefling (America’s Party-Iowa)

Lynn Kahn Lynn Kahn (Independent-Maryland)

Chris Keniston Chris Keniston (Veterans Party of America-Texas)

Kyle Kopitke Kyle Kopitke (Independent American Party-Michigan)

Laurence Koltikoff Laurence Koltikoff (Independent-Massachuetts)

David Limbaugh David Limbaugh (Independent-Tennessee)

Bradford Lyttle Bradford Lyttle (US Pacifist Party-Illinois)

Joe Maldonado Joseph “Joe Exotic” Maldonado (Independent-Oklahoma)

Mike Maturen Mike Maturen (American Solidarity Party-Michigan)

Monica Moorehead Monica Moorhead (Workers World Party-New York)

Ryan Alan Scott (Independent-Colorado)

Rod Silva Rod Silva (Nutrition Party-New Jersey)

Mike Smith Mike Smith (Independent-Colorado)

Dan Vacek Dan Vacek (Legal Marijuana Now Party-Minnesota)

Jerry White Jerry White (Socialist Equality Party-Michigan)

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Written by Eduardo Quintana

I am an author and a speaker. I am the creator and CEO of Manly Training, an organization designed to bring Men to Christ and to Honor and Empower biblical Manliness.

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