By Pastor J.D. Link
Proverbs 3:27 says, “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.” “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Gal 6:10. “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” Jas 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” Jam 4:17.
When it’s in our power to do good, and we have the opportunity, we should do it – especially when it benefits our brothers and sisters. When we do good, there is a blessing associated with it; but if we know to do good and we don’t – it is sin. This mandate to do good not only concerns our spiritual life, but our natural life here on earth. Just as the great commandment tells us to not only love God, but to love our neighbor as well (Mk 12:30-31). We are to not only render unto to God the things which are God’s; but also to the government the things which are the governments (Mt 22:21). Therefore, concerning doing good, we are to not neglect our responsibilities as citizens of Heaven, nor as citizens of our nation.
The capacity in which a Christian can do good varies depending on their culture and circumstances. For example, a Christian in prison in North Korea can’t do as much as a free Christian in the U.S. However, in our nation, the United States, we have an abundance of opportunity to do good – more so than most anywhere else in the world. Why? Because of the freedoms provided for us by the sacrifices of our predecessors. In our country, the opportunity to do good expands beyond just doing good in the spiritual sense, and enables us to influence the government in ways that benefit the cause of Christ. Again, as we have opportunity, we should do good to all men, but especially to the brethren; and if we don’t, it is sin.
So, what is good? In our country, the participation of “We the people” in educating ourselves on the issues and voting accordingly is vital to having a government that is good. We are not to leave our values at home or at church. We are to carry them into the voting booth. We cannot sell our soul to be on the government dole, and vote contrary to what God says is good – just because we may get some personal benefits. That’s taking thirty pieces of silver in exchange for Christ.
Here are eight things we need to consider when we vote. Of course, there are no perfect political parties, nor perfect candidates. However, there are parties and candidates that align more with biblical values than others. It is this party and candidate we must cast our vote for. For practical purposes, a third party vote is a wasted vote. It may be principled, but it is wasted. If we doubt this, we need only ask Ron Paul why he ran as a Republican in ‘08 and ’12. Maybe one day we’ll have many parties like in some countries; but for now, there are only two that can win. Love it or hate it, that’s the facts.
1. Religious liberty. Which party most supports freedom of religion and least hinders the advancing of the cause of Christ? (1Ti 2:1-4).
2. Sanctity of marriage. Which party most honors God’s view of marriage? (Mt 19:4-6).
3. The Sanctity of life. Which party most supports the rights of unborn children? (Jer 1:4-5).
4. Poverty. Which party most helps the poor by lowering taxes, creating jobs, and giving incentives to being productive? (Lev 23:22, 2Thess 3:10).
5. Israel. Which party most identifies as pro-Israel? (Gen 12:3, Zec 2:8).
6. Second Amendment. Which party most supports the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms for self-defense? (Lk 22:36, Neh 4:13-14)
7. Immigration. Which party most supports the rule of law when it comes to illegal immigration? (Ex 12:49, Lev 24:22).
8. Justice. Which party is most likely to uphold our Constitution as the law of our land? (Rom 13:3-4).
We must first know God’s view, found in His holy Word; and then we must read our Declaration and Constitution; and then we must read the 2016 platforms of the two parties (google it). Whichever of the two parties most agrees with God’s Word and the Constitution, that’s who we vote for. It is our opportunity and power to do good and benefit the cause of Christ on this earth. As we saw in the first paragraph, there is then a blessing associated with this doing of good.
Below is an excerpt of an article I recently read:
“Our Founding Fathers did not believe in the separation of God from government. They believed that this nation was founded by God, protected by God, preserved by God, and prospered by God. It all depends on God! And based on that belief, they were willing to pledge their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. They put it all on the line. Of those fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, and in each case subjected to torture. Several lost wives, children or entire families. One lost his thirteen children. Two wives were brutalized by the British. All were at one time or another victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Indeed, these men not only pledged but gave their lives, and their fortunes, and not one went back on his sacred honor. Because of the blessing of God, the nation they sacrificed so much to help found has become the greatest nation on earth and the envy of the world, and is still intact for us to enjoy after 240 years and may God continue to bless America… Unlike citizens of the Roman Empire, Americans are blessed to have, as Abraham Lincoln put it, a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Have you noticed that the original parchment of the Constitution begins “We the People” in big, bold letters? The bottom line: Our form of government requires our active involvement.”
When we think of these massive sacrifices by our predecessors, surely we can sacrifice some time to read and go vote. It is our right; our privilege; and our obligation. Selah.