Election 2016: Five Principles for Christians to Remember When Voting

By Chris Russell

This is clearly 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.  And a spirit of confusion seems to be swirling everywhere.

With that in mind, let me suggest a few principles that should be on your mind as 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. The more power we give to rulers to reign over us, the more opportunity there is for their sinful natures to harm us.  Bigger government means bigger problems. Limited government means limited problems.

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…

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