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North Wake Social Issues Guide

07.28.14 | Apologetics | by Rob Connelly

    NORTH WAKE’S VOTER’S ISSUES GUIDE

    The Condensed Version (For a full and complete version click HERE)

    The purpose of this guide is to equip the members of North Wake Church with the necessary information so that they may make informed, wise and worshipful decisions about those whom they choose as leaders of our civil government. (Read Rom. 13.1-5; Matt. 22.21)

    Should Christians vote or care about their country’s leadership? Because we are blessed with a representative form of government, we (the citizens) are the leaders and are required to choose those people who will be our representatives or co-leaders – the governing authorities to whom we submit.  We should desire to select these “co-leaders” not just out of “civic duty”, but out of neighbor love.

    By wisely choosing our representatives, we can lovingly obey our good God and serve our neighbors and fellow citizens in the voting booth.  But how do we wisely choose?  Let’s look at four key issues that the Christian citizens should consider before entering the voting booth.

    The Sanctity of Life

    Children, from the first knitted stitch, are called out by our Lord and Savior for special protection.  They are the most vulnerable and the “least” among us.  Therefore, as citizens and God’s agents, how should we approach the issue of abortion? The unborn are the most vulnerable and the least represented in our form of government.  Will you choose to be their representative in the voting booth?  Will you welcome your Lord and Savior by welcoming the least among us?  To the best of your ability, cast your vote for life. (Read Ps. 139.13; Jere. 1.5; Lk. 9.48)

    Marriage

    God made marriage.  God declared it good along with all His creation and created order – it was the crowning achievement of God’s good work. (Read Gen. 1.26-27; Gen. 2.23-24; Eph. 5.23-33)

    If we believe what the Bible says – that marriage is the central part of God’s creation covenant, and that biblical marriage mirrors the bond between Christ and the Church (His bride), and that Christ gave himself up for his Bride in complete sacrifice – how can we not make respect for true marriage an important criteria for selecting our governing representatives?  The Christian citizen is called to protect society (the “common good”) out of love for our neighbors.  We are called to protect the treasure that is Biblical marriage.

    Religious Liberty

    Our country’s founding fathers enshrined the protection of “liberty” just after life, in our Declaration of Independence. Forcing a Christian or a Christian organization to act in a way that violates, either directly or indirectly, God’s commands and precepts is a perversion of America’s law and a violation of God’s law. (Read Ps. 119.45-47)

    Real freedom is not something that the State (“Caesar”) can take away. As Christian citizens of a land founded on the primacy and necessity of religious freedom, we are called to protect God’s Word and the vessels and conduits thereof, from being muzzled, hindered, or persecuted. As Christian citizens we are called fully and willingly to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, but under no circumstances will we render unto Caesar that which is God’s. Vote for religious liberty.

    Race

    Biblically speaking there is no real distinction among humans as it relates to race.  Or to say this another way, there is only one race – the human race. We all come from Adam, we are all image bearers and all have a body and soul by God’s design.  The only clear distinction between humans that God made crystal clear is gender – male and female. (Read Gen. 2.7; Gen. 1.26-27; Acts 17.26)

    Therefore, as Christian citizens of a country of many cultures and ethnicities, we should evaluate each candidate’s policies as to whether or not they unjustly treat a group of people based on ethnicity.  However, one should not assume a policy is to be based on prejudice merely because one political party or the other advances it as part of its agenda.  Each policy must be evaluated based on quality and merit of the individual policy in question regardless of which political party advances the agenda.