Which Political Party?

By Paul Bawden

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 is election day in the United States.. Advertisements for various candidates seem endless.

The question I ask is this, “Who is the biblical God for?” Is He 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, meaning behavior that is profitable, generous, upright, and virtuous, and to deal with evil, meaning behavior that is wicked, depraved, morally bad, criminal, and harmful.

These words, then, assume that there are absolutes by which to live. If behavior is upright and virtuous, there must be a standard that says one’s behavior is such. If behavior is morally bad or wicked, it should be obvious that there is a standard by which one can say that behavior is evil. All of this means that for saying something is good and something is evil, that standard must not be based upon man’s changing ideas, but upon the eternal God whose standards are unchanging, yes eternal.

I realize that in the United States there are many who don’t believe that the eternal God has standards by which we should live. At the same time, the United States was founded on standards that are biblical. To understand, though, what the Bible is saying about government, the words good and evil must be understood in the context of the existence of eternal absolutes.

First, from the Romans’ passage, the government is to deal with evil when it is committed in the United States. 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.

Second, the government should be promoting the good, 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.

This means that God is not for anyone political party. What it does mean is that God is for having people in leadership of the United States who first have a heart for His righteousness, and then to uphold and promote His righteousness.

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 righteous leadership in Washington D. C. as well as at the state, county, and local levels, while having a strong police force along with a strong national military and border control as well.

What it comes down to is the moral compass of the United States. When the value of the unborn is diminished, marriage between a man and woman is no longer the foundation of the society, while honesty is in decline with corruption on the rise, soon the United States will find itself, if not already, a godless nation. God can only continue to bless a nation where righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people (Proverbs 14:34).

The biblical God, then, rather than being for any one political party, desires that people vote for those who will uphold His righteousness and deal with evil in all its forms. Vote wisely on November 8.

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