This is indeed a very important question and with more than twenty four million Evangelical Christians in this nation it is crucial that we give a possible answer. With this article I will attempt to give a very simple guide that can help us make an intelligent decision.
I must admit that as much as I love politics, this was the first time I actually considered not voting. However, as I prayed and meditated on this topic, I feel that the Lord ministered to my spirit and gave me wisdom on this matter. The right to vote, especially for minorities and women, should never be taken lightly. I prefer that you inform yourself before voting, but at the end of the day, no matter whom you vote for, please do not disregard this amazing privilege.
First, we must stop looking at the President as if we are voting for a Bishop or voting for any Church Government’s position. The presidency must be looked at one of many jobs that many of us are not skillful or qualified enough to do. Being President is a job; perhaps the most complicated and stressful job in the planet, nevertheless a job. When I found myself facing car problems I looked for the most qualified and affordable mechanic I could get. I didn’t ask the mechanic to give me his testimony of how he gave his life to the Lord; all I want is for him to know how to fix my car. At that moment I find myself in a need and I do business with someone to satisfy that need.
If one of my children is facing a terminal illness and after praying for him or her she or he is not getting any better, I take them to see the doctor. If surgery is needed, I want the most qualified doctor to perform that surgery. If Doctor House, from the TV series, were real, I’d probably prefer him.
We must have a practical way to determine whom we, as Christians, should vote for. I wrote an article entitled “10 Things I want From Our President.” In that article I found my personal guide that I hope it can serve as a guide for many Christian:
1.I want a President that will ensure religious freedom:I would prefer that our President be a Christian, but he must also be skillful and qualified to do the job. Because you are a Christian that does not automatically make you the best choice for President of the United States. He doesn’t necessarily need to be a Christian, but he must allow me and everybody else to freely practice our religion as established by our Founder Fathers.
2.I want a President that will be bold and brave enough to unashamedly make a stand against abortion and same sex marriage.
3.I want a President that understands that we are at war and that we will indeed always have enemies. For that, we must continue to have the strongest military forces in the world.
4.I want a President that will make it a priority to balance our budget, eliminate our debt, eliminate wasteful spending, and give this nation surplus: Living within our means is applicable to the Government also!
5.I want a President that will promote the creation of an environment where small businesses are not treated as our enemies, but as our economy’s greatest assets: I want a President that welcomes and promotes success, not punishes it!
6.I want a President with a profound understanding of the government’s constitutional role and limits his powers and interventions to just that.
7.I want a President that will actively and effectively deal, confront and resolve our illegal immigration problem.
8.I want a President that will actively and effectively confront and resolve our Social Security Benefit upcoming issue before it becomes a crisis.
9.I want a President that will totally revolutionize our welfare system: I want a welfare system that will stop all able bodies from having the Government make a living for them. I want a government that will define those in true need as the elderly, disabled, and those that are facing temporary hardship and are in need of TEMPORARY assistance. I want a President that will not be afraid of eliminating all programs that are statistically ineffective. If a program is needed, but the government is not doing their job, then trust the Private sector to do the job.
10. I want a President that will promote a Government with sufficient regulations to ensure that no business is taking advantage of another. However, a government that will not have so many regulations, that complying with the regulation will significantly affect the freedom of the private sector and their time and ability to offer a quality product.