Biblical Values in the Political Realm

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A primary reason for the decline of America is the decline of proper focus among Christians. For example, today we place our confidence in government instead of God and allow political parties to define and represent our convictions. We become actively hostile toward those who have different convictions or belong to another political party. We complain about our deteriorating society but do little to improve it.

It’s time for a radical realignment; not in the political realm, but in us. We are citizens of God’s kingdom who happen to be Americans. Our relationship with God must supersede everything else in life and govern whatever we think and do.

I recommend allowing biblical values to influence our thinking, speech and actions in every part of life. For example, when deciding among candidates running for office, our criteria for choosing should include whether they strongly support biblical values in their personal lives, public lives and voting records. Also, as we exercise our civil rights by influencing our government officials and elected representatives, biblical values should govern what we say and do.

Please vote at every opportunity and according to biblical values. Please contact your government officials and elected representatives on important issues, demonstrating godly character and promoting biblical values. Please be respectful when talking with those who hold different values or who represent biblical values differently.

Following is a list of biblical values and related actions to consider. This isn’t a comprehensive list, nor is it in order of importance.

 

Recommended Biblical Values

 

Family

 

This is the foundation of all human cultures. A family consists of husband and wife, with children raised by both parents (Gen. 1:28; Eph. 6:1-4; 1 Tim. 3:12).

 

Heterosexual marriage

 

Marriage is between one man and one woman. Oppose same sex marriage (Gen. 2:24; Eph. 5:31; 1 Tim. 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6).

 

Sexual morality

 

Sex is appropriate only between husband and wife. Oppose extramarital sex, including sexual perversions (Lev. 20:10-13, 15-16; Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 10:8; Heb. 13:4).

 

Protection of the innocent and defenseless

 

Protect those who can’t protect themselves (Ps. 82:3-4; 106:38).

 

Protection of the unborn

 

Oppose abortion (Exod. 21:22-24; Ps. 51:5; 139:13-16; Jer. 1:5; Luke 1:41).

 

Care for the needy

 

Shift the balance from secular government to charitable programs, where people instead of agencies minister to people. The goal is help the needy achieve personal dignity through self-sufficiency (Prov. 31:8-9; Luke 12:33; 14:13-14; 1 Tim. 5:3; James 1:27).

 

Israel

 

Acknowledge Israel’s sovereignty, its right to the land, its right to exist and defend itself. Support it as an important ally. Oppose the two-state solution (Num. 33:53; Joel 3:2; Amos 9:15).

 

Rule of law and justice

 

Pass and enforce legislation that is just. Prosecution of lawbreakers should be objective, timely and appropriate (Deut. 16:19-20; Prov. 17:15; 31:9; Jer. 22:3).

 

Personal integrity

 

Promote honorable, moral and ethical conduct (Rom. 12:10, 17; 1 Cor. 4:2; 2 Cor. 8:21; Phil. 4:8; Titus 3:1-2; Heb. 12:14).

 

Personal liberty

 

Protect freedom of religion, speech, ownership and action. Oppose intrusion by the government on legitimate rights (1 Cor. 9:19; 1 Pet. 2:16).

 

Personal responsibility

 

Individuals should be self-controlled and held accountable for their actions (Rom. 13:1-5; 1 Pet. 2:13-14).

 

Fiscal stewardship

 

Practice wise stewardship and eliminate debt (Luke 14:28; Rom. 13:7-8).

 

Biblical values supersede politics and culture, and should guide our political choices, actions and votes.

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8 Comments

  1. Larry Fox’s concise article is both timely and wise. A must-read for Christian voters.

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  2. Your comments are timely, well written and scripturally correct, Larry. Thank you!

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  3. A few years ago I came to the realization that the basic problem with society is not politics, but sin – especially the rejection of God. As long as that remains, everything else is just pieces moved around on a foundation of shifting sand, no matter how “good” things appear on the surface. It kind of removed any enthusiasm I had for politics. It also makes difficult the task of matching politicians to values such as the ones you list above.

    As always, your writing is challenging and thought provoking! And you are absolutely correct, the answer for society is for the individuals in that society to be doing what is right. One of the ways to accomplish that is to think for ourselves and move away from the increasing tendency to be content to let our leaders do our thinking for us. Personal responsibility should be the new catch phrase of the day!

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  4. Excellent article, Larry! Before casting our vote for anything, we should keep the above-referenced Scriptures in mind to make sure that we’re on the path leading to God and not away from Him!

    God bless you abundantly in your endeavors to teach, lead and set godly examples we should all be following!

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  5. I like this and I agree.!!!!!!!!

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  6. Thank you Larry, you are correct that Christians that love the Lord need to stand up and be counted for important issues taught to us through Jesus Christ. Our Lord and Savior is everything.

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  7. Mr. Fox’s teachings are very thought provoking and with scripture to support what SHOULD be done as children of a Gracious Heavenly Father. However, as Pat Bell said “the basic problem with society is not politics but sin”. Also, I have to remind myself often, that God has granted us all free will and as the Free American’s our service people have lost much to protect, we should remember that first and foremost and support those who help society help themselves while still respecting thier freedom’s of choice. God’s Blessings in this!

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  8. Excellent article!

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