Questions to Ask About Political Candidates

Part 1:  Does this candidate have:

1. Integrity?

Integrity is a consistency of actions, values, methods, measures and principles. Keep in mind that it should be biblical values that are the foundation for such consistency. As we read in Psalm 78:72, “And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.”

2. Humility?

Humility is the opposite of pride. It is not thinking better of ourselves than we should. James writes, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6) Ask: is this candidate a humble servant leader?

3. Good judgment and discernment?

Will this person make good decisions?  Will this leader seek godly counsel? Solomon is a great example of a leader who had discernment. 1 Kings 3:11-12 reads, “And God said to him, because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.”

4. A godly vision?

Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained. But happy is he who keeps the law.” Ask: what is this candidate’s vision? Is it a godly vision?

Part 2:  What is the candidate’s position on:

1. Abortion, homosexuality, and other moral/ethical issues?

Scripture is very clear on this – God values the sanctity of life and marriage is between one man and one woman. In Genesis 2:24 we read, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife and they shall become one flesh.” To not take a biblical stance on these important ethical issues is very revealing about the character of the candidate.

2. Stewardship of our resources?

Stewardship is the responsibility of taking care of another person’s property or financial affairs. Certainly, there is a stewardship involved in being a politician. We must ask; will this candidate be a good steward of what he has been entrusted with?

3. The Family?

From the very beginning, this earliest of social institutions was given by God and valued by God’s people. Today the family is under attack from every imaginable direction. Ask; is this candidate going to support the family? The saying holds true: As the family goes – so goes the nation.

4. Issues of Race relations?

Some think this is not an issue these days. The civil rights movement happened over 40 years ago and now we are a civilized society, right? Unfortunately, racism is alive and well today. Once again, the Bible is clear on this matter. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)

Let’s not be naïve enough to think that one of the candidates will be able to answer these questions exactly the way you want them to. In any election, there are two sinners (or three or four) running for office. Neither one is perfect. But let’s not go the other way and say that since no one is perfect, I won’t critique the candidates from a biblical perspective. Lastly, put your hope in Jesus and his Kingdom (Matthew 6:33). Every time you put your hope in man, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.

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