As a Christian pastor I would like to take another opportunity to speak to some misguided notions that I have occasionally come across from professing Christians on the issue of priorities in the voting booth. Fundamentally, Christians must be guided by biblical revelation rather than merely human reasoning. Through the years I have been shocked by the abysmal lack of discernment expressed from professing Christians who are willing to compromise the most basic biblical teaching pertaining to the image of God in man and the consequent sanctity of human life, specifically on abortion. Sometimes this is done out of ignorance of various candidates particular views. This kind of ignorance is not excusable. I have seen many informational resources distributed in my neck of the woods that would clarify where the candidates stand on the issues. If you have an interest in knowing, the information is out there. With rare exceptions, ignorance is culpable in this arena.
But even more serious than voting out of ignorance, are the abominations that are committed in the voting booth with full knowledge. Scripture condemns not only those who are involved in abominable practices, but also those who “give approval to those who practice them” (Rom. 1:32). The decisive kinds of approval and disapproval that is exercised in the voting booth cannot escape the implications of Romans 1.
When the issue of abortion comes up, sometimes Christians are pejoratively charged with being one-issue voters. This sweeping accusation is not, and need not be, right however. In fact, as a pastor I would insist that this should not be the case for Christians. Christians should be responsible citizens and therefore should be concerned with all of the legitimate issues facing them during election of government officials as at other times. But a Christian should be able to properly weigh the relative importance of these issues, however. Christians, of all people, should have the ability to ethically discern what issues are to receive what weight in their desire to glorify God in the voting booth. The malicious slaughter of defenseless children who are quietly tucked away in the very womb of their mother is an example of great moral wickedness. The fact that people are created in the image of God, makes this murder of a child no less than an assault on God himself.
These are not debatable issues for Christians. They are matters of basic faith and life before a holy God. They are basic because Scripture speaks clearly and strongly here. You cannot serve God and idols. If you are a Christian, let the word of God inform your decisions in the voting booth and over every area of your life. My desire for those who profess to be Christians when they go to the voting booth is that it could not be said of them:
“They profess to know God, but they deny them by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.” (Titus 1:16)
Instead let it be said of the Church of God that our desire is whether we eat or drink or whatever we do to do all to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31).
Consider also this article from Ligonier: How Much Weight Should Our Opposition To Abortion Carry In Our Voting Decisions
Soli Deo Gloria.