Matthew 6:33 and American Presidential Politics

February 29, 2016

How should Christians who have the opportunity to vote decide which candidates they should vote for? Many people seem to answer this question by voting for the candidates that they think will have the best policies that will most benefit them, especially economically.

In the Sermon on the Mount, however, Jesus taught that God’s people must always prioritize God’s kingdom and His righteousness above all other concerns, including even such essentials as seeking what they will eat, drink, and wear:

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:31-33).

As you consider whom you will vote for in this year’s elections, especially for determining who will be the next president of our country—if you are a Christian—you must keep in mind that God demands that you put His interests first in your deciding which candidates you choose to vote for and support in other ways. You must, therefore, carefully examine how each candidate rates concerning who they are in the sight of God and what they have done and will do concerning the things that matter most to God!

Christians are responsible before God to vote for candidates on the basis of a thoroughly biblical assessment of the things that most directly concern the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

Rajesh

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