I believe it would benefit the good of everyone if we had a president that stood for the family, natural marriage, the right to life, national security, friendly relations with Israel, a vibrant economy, fiscal responsibility, and was filled with the fear and reverence of God. This would be someone the majority of Americans and most all Christians would vote for.
Speaking only for myself as a Christian, I would love to see the president of the United States fit in this category. When I look at potential candidates to run for office these are the areas that interest me as a voting Christian. Scripture is very clear on all of these issues.
Very few people would argue against this description for a president of the United States. So as Americans, and certainly Christians begin to look for our next president, I expect us to look for someone with the aforementioned qualities. Based on the most recent presidential election, finding a candidate with solid evangelical Christian convictions seems to be increasingly more difficult as the primaries go by the wayside. If the God fearing candidate that we want and have supported doesn’t make it to the final ballot, evangelicals will not go vote in the final election. Only about 20% of all evangelical Christians voted at the last presidential election. Did you catch that?
There are an estimated 80 million evangelicals in the United States. Of those, there are only about 40 million even registered to vote. Only 20 million of the 40 million showed up to vote in 2012. Keep in mind all the thousands of men and women who died so that we could have the freedom to vote. In New Testament times the citizens did not have the freedom to vote. And in many other countries today the citizens do not have a voice much less the freedom to vote for their leader(s).
The main reason that I have heard that so many evangelicals didn’t bother to vote in the Nov. 2012 presidential election has to do with pride. They didn’t agree with every social stance of the conservative who made it that far. So let me ask you this question, “Are we voting for a pastor or president?” Yes, we should absolutely get behind the candidate that represents biblical values and aligns with biblical doctrine. But when it comes down to two candidates and neither shares all the convictions spoken of earlier we should not let pride keep us from voting. Keep in mind that refusing to vote is a conscious decision not to exercise the right God gives and soldiers die for. Don’t forfeit the right to freedom of speech, because our opposition certainly will not. Is not less evil better than more evil?