By Paul Bawden
In the United States, we are fast moving toward election day on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
Congressional and Governor ads are bombarding our lives through various means. Certainly, this is one of the most important elections in the history of the United States.
The question I ask is this, “Who is the biblical God for?” Is God a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or Libertarian?
It is interesting when we look at the Bible that there is one passage that gives us some direction. It is found in Romans 13:1-7.
These verses do not talk about a specific political party, but rather that the biblical God has established the principle of government for two purposes: to promote good and to deal with evil. Of course, some governments don’t fulfill His desire for government. Regardless, the word, good, means that which is profitable, generous, upright, and virtuous. The word, evil, means wicked, depraved, morally bad, criminal, and harmful.
The words, good and evil, tell us that there must be an unchanging standard by which one can say that behavior is good or evil. If the standard is not unchanging, then any direction for human behavior is based upon man’s ideas, which are always in flux, for he calls the situation as he sees it, and the situation can change at any time.
The only place I know where there is an unchanging standard is in the eternal biblical God, who has also established government as mentioned above in Romans 13:1-7. Now I realize that this is not the popular view in the public arena, although a study of the history of the United States reveals that the founders believed in biblical standards.
Maintaining that God has established government to promote good and protect its citizens from evil by curbing and punishing evil, it becomes clear that the biblical God is not tied to any one political party. Rather, this means that the leadership in government is to:
(1) Uphold that which is upright and virtuous, while affirming the behavior of those who keep God’s laws and the laws that man has made, which provide a person the opportunity to experience life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
(2) Deal with evil when it is committed in the country. That is the government is to protect people from those who commit depraved and morally bad behavior, yes, those who break God’s laws and the laws of the land, and bring to justice those who break those laws.
For government leadership to promote good and deal with evil, the leadership must have a heart for righteousness, while taking the initiative to make sure that righteousness is maintained. In the United States all ideas and beliefs are accepted. But these pillars, namely life valuable from conception to death and traditional marriage, are basic for any country to be strong morally. When the moral compass of a nation is lost, that country may be on the way to ruin. Is the United States going that way already?
At the same time, our leaders should do everything possible to provide the protection necessary to stop those committing evil, so they do not disrupt those doing good as they enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That is why we need strong national, state, county, and local law enforcement, while having a strong military and border control as well.
The biblical God, then, rather than being for any one political party, desires that we vote for leaders in government who believe in the value of life and traditional marriage, have a commitment to deal with evil in all of its forms in order to protect us, while promoting an environment of righteousness, wherein the gospel of Christ can be shared and believed in, while the dignity and value of each individual is upheld with freedom and justice for all.
Wise voting is encouraged on November 6. In the meantime, I keep praying that Americans will vote wisely as well.
Paul Bawden is married and served in the pastoral ministry for 45 years, retiring in 2011. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Speech and attended Dallas Theological Seminary, receiving a Master of Theology. He has taken counseling courses at Trinity Evangelical Seminary in Deerfield, Illinois. Paul is a lifetime member of the Evangelical Free Church of America, as well as being a member of Interim Pastor Ministries (IPM), which serves churches during their time of transition in searching for a new pastor. He writes for Union Gospel Press, as well as being a volunteer writer for GotQuestions.org. Paul likes to write, read, bike, and work in the yard. The Bawdens have had the privilege to travel to Mexico and Romania on mission trips and visited various countries in Europe.
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