Grace Christian Huynh
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“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (I Timothy 2:1-4).
The 2016 United States Presidential Election is one of the most contentious and anticipated event for not only our country, but many other countries as well. People all over the world have taken a great interest in our politics because of our two infamous candidates, Donald Trump representing the Republican Party and Hillary Clinton representing the Democratic Party. I suspect that many Americans feel stuck regarding the future of this country that relies on choosing between two popular but unfavorable candidate choices as many see Trump as a racist and Clinton as a criminal.
Since this is the first time I will be voting for a presidential candidate, I understand the strife that many of us are facing this coming election. Some even consider not voting this year in order to avoid the responsibility of “the potential destruction of our nation.” Yes, the reasoning is dramatic. However, as Christians, we have the responsibility of voting in order to shape the path that this country is to take. When we vote using biblical values, we help bring our country to a better state of being which is closer to God. As we all know, the closer we are to God, the more blessed we are and that is what we should strive for in this country.
The goal for this article is to explain how we should vote and can be applied to any other event that requires voting for a candidate or leader, not just the presidential election. I wrote this article in order to help other Christians understand that we must consider the laws that God provided for us in the Bible in order for us to make the righteous decisions for not only ourselves, but for others. In fact, that is what being a child of God entails: to be obedient and trusting of the Lord and doing the best we can to carry out His will.
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.” (Psalm 1:1-5).
“But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; ” (I Timothy 1:8-10).
An obvious but crucially important criteria for us to use when we are choosing someone to be our leader is whether their policies or stance on an issue aligns with God’s laws which, as mentioned in the above scriptures, are good laws which contribute to our prosperity in this life and the next. So, when you are considering to vote for a candidate, ask yourself, “Does this candidate take a stance on an issue that denies/conflicts with or supports/protects the Ten Commandments?” As Christians, we live by the Word of God and we live by the Ten Commandments, so it is imperative that we choose a candidate that also supports the Ten Commandments.
An example of an issue that contests the Ten Commandments is abortion. The right for a woman to get an abortion is a controversial topic that is presented as a complex topic, but it really should not be. Aborting, destroying, and killing an unborn child is wrong. It does not matter if the child is only a few cells or if its heart just begins to beat, it is a human that has the potential of being. When a fetus is killed, its potential and right to live is also destroyed and denied. The right to life is a basic human right. Killing an innocent child is against God’s given commandments, more specifically, the sixth commandment. Additionally, observe the following scriptures and how they pertain to the gift of life.
“Thou shalt not kill.” (Exodus 20:13).
“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” (Psalm 127:3).
“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:13-16).
Regarding the presidential candidates, if a candidate supports abortion which violates the Ten Commandments, as the children of God, we should not support that candidate. In fact, we should support the candidate that holds true to the law of God.
The example above only mentions one of the laws of God. However, be quick to understand that disregarding just one of the Ten Commandments will have dire consequences. All of the commandments are important to keep and breaking just one will be enough to endanger your soul.
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10).
Furthermore, gay marriage is another issue that should be of importance when a Christian is considering a candidate. In God’s eyes, marriage is a union between man and woman. In other words, God’s intention for a marriage is of a sacred bond between one man and one woman, not between two women or two men. Consider the following set of scripture that give us an idea of God’s will for marriage and what God thinks about homosexual activity.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:27-28).
“And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?” (Matthew 19:4-5).
“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;” (Romans 1:26-28).
So, as Christians, the children of God, we must recognize this definition of marriage because that is God’s Word and His wish for us. Therefore, we must elect the candidate that also recognizes this distinction and insists that marriage is not to be between two men or two women but only to be between one man and one woman.
Additionally, taking the Ten Commandments or other important expectations of the Lord into consideration when we choose our candidates should have a priority over any other benefits that the candidate may offer. For example, let’s observe two different issues that pertain to the election: education and abortion. If one candidate offers debt-free education but supports abortion, but the other candidate perhaps does not offer as great a plan for reducing college debt but does not support abortion, then as Christian voters, we should vote for the candidate that does not support abortion even though we forgo the best debt-free education plan. Do not be like the kind of people described in the following scripture who shows a lack of faith in the Lord.
“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” (Titus 1:16).
To help explain, consider a Christian who may acknowledge that abortion is wrong and that one of the candidates, candidate A, does not support abortion. However, if the person votes for candidate B who promises other benefits to the people but supports abortion, this person has denied the Word of God in order to pursue his own interests. He chose not to trust that God can take care of his needs but instead chose to rely on candidate B’s policies to make his life easier.
The Word of God will trump (no pun intended) any other policy or promise made by the candidate. As the children of God, we must trust in Him to provide and guide us in our lives and therefore follow and obey His Word because we know He will never break His promise. However, the promises made by humans are not as reliable no matter how good they sound.
“Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:” (Psalm 146:3-5).
In other words, always trust and value the Word of the Lord over the words of people. Even though the candidates may promise us many great things for the economy or for the poor, they may not be able to fulfill all of their promises. God is the only one who knows and can provide all of our needs.
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:31-33).
God above all has authority and power. Thus, His laws and commands must have the highest of priorities over that of our leaders’ or rulers’.
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” (Romans 13:1-4).
To tie it all together, when it comes down to voting for a leader, as the children of God, we must take our biblical values into consideration in order to choose the right path for this country. Always put God’s principles above any other factor that is taken into account in our decision making process and trust in the Lord for He knows what is best according to His will. Furthermore, the president will make many decisions for this country based on his/her values, so it is important that we vote for a president whose values take root from the law of God. The overall message is to do all things in order to please the Lord. He created us and He loves us and all He asks us to do is to love Him and obey Him. By doing so, we glorify Him.
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Corinthians 10:31).
Grace Christian Huynh
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