“What does it mean to be logical? If logic indeed means “correct reasoning,” then who gets to decide if a given line of reasoning is correct? Since God is the truth, it is His reasoning that is ultimately the standard for correct reasoning. Hence, to be logical is to think in a way that is consistent with the character of God as revealed in the Bible” (Understanding Genesis, Dr. Jason Lisle, pg. 141).
Let those sentences sink in, they really are profound and helpful when making important decisions.
Why do I start this post with a quote about logic? Because we need to use logic when electing a presidential candidate. This will become clear in a moment.
What I am about to share with you (especially if you are a Christian) should be applied to our presidential candidates: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders and the over a dozen others, as well as all candidates running for an elected office.
I am not going to tell you what to think about them, nor say anything for or against any of these candidates because what I think doesn’t matter. What God thinks is what matters.
A little background. I have been kicking an idea around in my head regarding how to help my fellow Christians choose a good and just leader.
I argue that we (the USA) are turning further away from God with each election cycle—mainly because of Christians’ actions. There is always hope, but it is up to Christians to pray for and vote for godly leaders—our leaders don’t have to be Christian but they should be godly or at least not opposed to our rights as defined in the Constitution and given to us by God. Goodness and justice can be restored in America but not when His own followers reject His standards. Incidentally, this is why Israel was judged harshly time and time again. We are not better or smarter than God. I am sad if you believe this even if you don’t verbalize the thought for it is not a biblical idea.
We are to be salt (a preservative of the good) and light (illumination of evil and showing forth Christ) to the world. How we vote does matter. When we endorse a person by voting for them—our mind, will, and emotions are involved. (Unfortunately, emotions generally get the better of us.) When we endorse someone, we tend to overlook their weaknesses and enhance their strengths. This is normal and part of our human nature, but we should try to guard against these tenancies. And it is this, which leads me to my main point.
I must have needed to heed this message because, to my surprise I heard the same radio program twice in about three weeks–Adrian Rogers’ program Love Worth Finding–and I knew I had to share it. He teaches what God desires in a leader. (Click link to hear, skip to the 6 minute mark.) You really should listen because he relates Biblical ideas way better than I can regurgitate them. This broadcast is about 25 minutes long and it’s challenging. Rogers addresses leadership attributes: character, wisdom, honesty, discrimination in choice of friends and advisers, sexual morals, soberness, and the leader’s willingness to protect the weak. Can you guess what the last one means for our culture?
In the end, even if the best, most godly leader is not elected (and we voted for the most godly leader), we still have done God’s will and our duty to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. Even if our country “goes to Hades in a hand-basket” and we suffer under bad or evil leadership, He will still remember our choice—that we stood up for His standards. Go back to the quote at the beginning: A truly logical choice utilizes God’s standards in each important choice we make.
We Christians need to be subordinate to God’s will in the spirit of Romans 12:1-2: Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.1 We are not our own, we should not go after our own personal feelings and preferences.
Don’t just vote your values, vote God’s standards.
1 The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009), Rom 12:1–2. My emphasis.