My Political Perspective as a Follower of Christ

 

(1 Timothy 2:1-3) — 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,” NIV

 

We cannot try to make the government do a job that God has set apart the Church for.

 

Jesus said, “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, and no town or house divided against itself will stand” (NET – Matthew 12:25). In other words, “United we stand, divided we fall.” Therefore, there must be freedom for all, or we cannot stand. It’s only in unity under the Constitution that we prosper as a nation.

 

Unity in our diversity makes us free and strong.

 

Discussion

This article is primarily addressed to fellow Christians. I believe that the perspective presented here is sound, and deserves consideration. I encourage you to read this from beginning to end before you come to any conclusions.

As Christians it can be confusing what our political positions should be in America and how we should vote. The question is, how do we stay true to our faith while supporting a Constitution that provides freedom for all people and for all religions, when there are things we disagree with? Like same-sex relationships/marriage?

I think that’s where it has to start. We don’t live in a Christian nation, where we all live according to the Christian faith. We don’t live in a country that is governed according to the Bible of the Christian faith. Instead, we are governed by the U.S. Constitution, which provides freedom for all religions. To be governed by the Bible of the Christian faith would violate our Constitution and would directly conflict with all other religions. A country that allows freedom of religion for all faiths, must be neutral and make decisions that are good for all people of all faiths. This can be hard for us Christians in areas of disagreement.

However, we have to bear in mind that God has given the truth and instructions for living our lives to the Church, not to the secular governments of the world. When it comes to following Christ and living out the Christian faith, that is a responsibility given solely to His people. Secular government has not been given this charge or responsibility. Indeed, as a country led by mostly unregenerate people, led by people of many different religions, they can’t relate to the truth of the Christian faith. The only ones in government — at all levels of government — that can relate to the truth, are Christians. Therefore, a secular government can’t be expected to govern according to the principles of the Christian faith.

The mission that God has given to secular governments and to His Church, are not the same. They’re two separate entities, each with a different role with different responsibilities. God has not charged secular governments to teach the truth or to order the lives of its people according to the Christian faith. That charge has been given solely to His Church, to His people. Again, the Church and secular government are two separate and distinct entities. They have a different mission in the world. Christians and Christian politicians must keep those distinct roles in mind.

With that understanding, Christian politicians must govern and make laws that are good and fair for all people of all faiths. That’s called being responsible in their job. They must faithfully carry out the duties that their job requires. Doing so does not make them guilty of being untrue to their faith. Christian politicians are to have their own convictions, and I believe they should make their own convictions known in order to be a witness for Christ and His truth. However, the way a Christian politician votes in Congress or state legislatures, must be with every American citizen in mind. If a Christian politician always makes decisions based on the teachings of the Bible, and it conflicts with the Constitution, he or she has not lived up to his or her responsibility to uphold the Constitution. At that point, they’re trying to impose their beliefs and lifestyle upon everyone else in the country, which violates the freedom that our Constitution has provided for its people.

We can’t use the government as a vehicle for spreading the message of Christ, or to use it to impose His way of living on the people of America. That’s not the government’s job. That’s the responsibility of the Church, and the Church alone. We have to allow each entity to function as they were meant to function, as God Himself has ordained it.

Therefore, living in a country that allows freedom for all religions, I believe Christian politicians must legislate and govern in ways that benefit people of all faiths, and not just Christians. Because again, to do so puts him or her in conflict with the Constitution. At that point, they’re trying to govern the country according to the Bible of the Christian faith. But that’s not the government’s responsibility. In matters regarding faith and practice, that all belongs to the Church.

With all that in mind, a secular government that provides freedom for all people, which provides fair treatment and equality to all people — which includes freedom to live out one’s faith and conscience — they cannot legislate morality or decide what its citizens should believe. For example, they cannot make laws that make it a crime to have sex outside of marriage; they cannot make it a crime to commit adultery; they cannot make laws that prohibit lying to other people (except under oath in a court of law); they cannot make laws that prohibit people from looking at pornography, or even selling it; they cannot make it a crime to smoke tobacco or drink alcohol, etc. One can easily see the infinite problems of trying to outlaw these types of things.

Likewise, the government cannot make it a crime for people to engage in same-gender sex—as much as we may disagree with it. Consequently, they cannot make laws that prohibit same-sex marriage without it being out of harmony with the freedom they already have as same-sex couples—because one is just an extension of the other. Besides, the law allowing same-sex marriage has already been passed by the Supreme Court—based on their interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment. It’s now the law of the land, which every state must abide by.

Furthermore, who are we (as Christians) to judge that same-gender sex/marriage is a greater sin than adultery, or even heterosexual sex outside of marriage? God hates all of those sins. Again, which is the greater sin? If we’re going to outlaw same-sex marriage, then we should also outlaw adultery. However, if we were to do that, we can easily imagine the rebellion and chaos that would follow such a decision. Likewise, now that same-sex marriage is so much an accepted part of our society, to try and outlaw it now would surely cause an uprising in our country such as we’ve never seen before. There’s no wisdom in that. I believe at this point, it would cause more harm than good. We have to be willing to set aside our own personal beliefs and feelings about this, and try to keep everything in proper perspective, so that we may live in peace with one another.

Peace and harmony between us as American citizens is the objective. Therefore, we must recognize that in matters of morality, there are no clear-cut lines that can be drawn for it to be feasible. Especially when we realize the major consequences of such decisions. Instead of peace, there would be insurrection on a scale never seen before in our country.

In addition, as Christians, we’re to extend love and grace and kindness to everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation—or any other area of morality where we may disagree. To grant such grace and kindness to gays on the one hand, and at the same time tell them that we’re going to do everything we can to overturn the law that allows them to marry each other, I believe is very contradictory. At that point, we’ve lost them. We’ve become their enemy. There’s no wisdom in that. This is the kind of stuff that divides our country and hinders the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s contradictory to make ourselves the enemy of the people, and then try to share the gospel message with them. That’s a senseless approach, if not unbiblical.

The Constitution allows its citizens to live their lives as they see fit, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone. It allows them to live according to their own beliefs, whether it’s according to a formal religion or their own personal beliefs. There are even professing Christians who believe that the Bible allows same-sex relationships & marriage, and is therefore, a part of their faith system. Accordingly, the government must allow it in order to be true to the Constitution, to be true to the freedom that the Constitution provides its citizens. Therefore, the Constitution allows same-sex marriage based not only on the Fourteenth Amendment, but also on the First Amendment (freedom of religion). They’re protected by two different Amendments.

We must understand that allowing same-sex marriage, and voting in favor for its allowance, should not be viewed as compromising our faith as Christians. We should always make it known where we stand personally, but we must defend people’s right to live according to their own standard in a country that allows that freedom.

Bottom line: In matters of morality and what people believe, judgment must be left to God. As servants of Christ, we’re to live for Him. We’re to shout the life and message of Christ from the mountain tops. The Church must preach against the sins that are mentioned in the Scriptures, regardless of where our society at large stands. However, when it comes to making federal and state laws, and voting for candidates who will make those laws, the freedom of every American citizen must be respected. Allowing freedom for people to live their lives contrary to the Christian faith, does not mean approval. Nor does it make us participants in sin. We cannot try and force the people of America to live according to the same righteous standard that God requires of His people, as followers of Christ. It’s not possible anyway. If God Himself does not require non-Christians to live as Christians, then neither should we. Again, in matters of morality and what people believe, judgment must be left to God. We want people to be free to choose Christ and His way of living on their own, rather than trying to force them to do something they’re not equipped for. The Christian message must be freely given and freely received.

Let me illustrate all this. A company owned by Christians cannot require their employees to live according to the Christian faith. That would be unreasonable, not to mention illegal. Hiring non-Christians does not mean that they approve of their lifestyle, nor does it make them a participant in their lifestyle. I think we can all agree on that.

Likewise, voting for candidates (or a party) who may vote in favor of things we don’t agree with, doesn’t mean that we’re in approval of those things. It doesn’t mean that we’re a participant in those things that we believe are sinful. It’s not sin that we support, but the freedom that each person has to live and believe as they see fit. It’s not sin that we support, but the Constitution that provides that freedom. It’s not a vote for sin, but a vote for freedom. In supporting their freedom, we support our own freedom to live and believe as we see fit as Christians. We must keep everything in proper perspective.

The duty of the United States government is to make decisions that line up with our Constitution. If they make decisions that favor one person over another, or one religion over another, then they have violated the Constitution and what we stand for as America. Furthermore, to do so would create rebellion and disorder. We want to make laws and support laws that provide peace among its citizens, which means peace for us as Christians (1 Timothy 2:2-3).

The reality is, if the government begins putting one faith above another, it puts Christianity in jeopardybecause then the government could impose their will on Christians and what we teach, just as much as they may do to other religions. If the government does not allow freedom for all religions, then it could put Christianity in American in danger of losing their freedom to live out their faith and spread its message.

We must seek that which provides freedom for all. We must seek the best situation possible for peace among all.

The U.S. government — both Federal and State — has four primary responsibilities: to provide freedom for all, to protect the rights of all, to protect both body and personal property of all, and to administer justice against law-breakers. All laws must be made with those four responsibilities in mind. I believe that is generally what God requires of all secular governments.

Therefore, I believe Christan politicians (and Christian citizens via votes), must make decisions based on what allows freedom and protection for all. This includes freedom and protection for all religions and belief systems—because only then does Christianity remain free. If we violate the Constitution by favoring one religion over another, then opposition against Christianity could be next. Once the government begins imposing their will on a particular religion, that puts all other religions in danger of losing their freedom.

Can a Christian be a responsible politician in America and still remain faithful to Christ? I believe he or she can. Can we Christians be true to our faith and still vote for politicians who may make decisions that conflict with our beliefs? I believe we can. In fact, I believe it’s the appropriate thing to doat least as it applies to moral issues. If we’re talking about an assault against the Christian faith, that’s a different matter. That’s something we obviously can never support in any way—whether directly or indirectly. We should be thankful that we live in a country that has a Constitution that would never put us in that position.

We must always remember the different roles that the Church and secular governments have. They are not the same. Therefore, who we vote for as Christian citizens, and how Christian politicians vote on laws, must be with these different roles in mind.

I believe it’s wise for a government to provide freedom of religion and freedom for its citizens to live their lives as they see fit—as long as it doesn’t harm other people. That allows Christianity the freedom to spread its message without government control. It puts all of us on equal ground, and that’s exactly where we want to be. Therefore, how politicians vote and whom we vote for as citizens, must be according to that which allows the most freedom—both for its citizens and for all the various religions. Exposing and opposing false religion is something that God has tasked the Church with, not the government.

Summary: There’s a common misunderstanding that Christians have in regard to faith and politics. Many believe that if they vote for a candidate who will vote in favor of LGBTQ issues and Gay marriage, then they’re condoning that lifestyle and contributing to the advancement of it. But when we keep everything in proper perspective, and keep the big picture in view, we realize that there is no guilt involved. We’re not contributing to the advancement of LGBTQ lifestyle, we’re contributing to our freedom as American citizens and as followers of Christ. We’re being wise to recognize the different roles that God has ordained for secular government and for His Church. And in that recognition, we’re being faithful to serve God and country accordingly,

 

Having laid the foundation for my political perspective, below is where I stand on all the main issues:

Constitutionalist: I’m a strong supporter of the U.S. Constitution. Those who penned the Constitution were very wise men. We have the greatest set of laws governing our country in all the world.

The Constitution has given certain responsibilities and limitations for each of the three branches of government (Executive, Legislative, Judicial). For too long we’ve operated outside constitutional boundaries. I think this is especially true of the Executive Branch, where the President has assumed more authority than the Constitution allows. At the time of this writing, Justin Amash has just announced his run for presidency, seeking the Libertarian Party nomination. He’s an expert on the Constitution, and it’s his goal to lead America back to following it the way it was meant to be followed—with each Branch of government fulfilling its proper role. This is long overdue.

The Constitution calls for a small federal government. I support that. The federal government has assumed more authority and responsibility than what the Constitution gives them. Authority that has been taken away from the states, needs to be returned.

 

Abortion: Abortion is murder. End of discussion. Liberals who debate this are simply blind to the obvious truth about it. Or they simply don’t want to acknowledge the obvious truth about it. I will never vote for any candidate who is pro-abortion and who will vote for laws supporting it. Our government makes murder a crime. It’s tragic that our government doesn’t view abortion as murder. Every effort must be made to reveal abortion for what it really is, the killing of a human life, the killing of a human being.

 

LGBTQ Rights, Same-Sex Marriage: As much as we may disapprove of it (because God does), this is a matter of morality, not an act that harms other people. Furthermore, as it relates to the Constitution, in many cases, it’s a matter of one’s own religion or belief system. It’s just a fact that there are those who believe that their faith (as they interpret the Bible) allows them to have same-sex relationships. Therefore, the government can’t make laws against it and not be in violation of the Constitution—especially since there’s already a specific law that supports it.

Furthermore, if we allow the government to make laws against this, then they can just as easily make laws against the beliefs and practices of Christianity. It’s a slippery slope. Once we allow the government to impose its will on any practice that’s based on one’s faith or religion, then they can go after the life-practices of Christianity too. Freedom of religion must be kept in view at all times. The Constitution must be kept in view at all times. We must leave judgment to God in matters of morality. As a government, they cannot require its citizens to live according to any one particular religion. That puts every other religion in jeopardy.

As a free country that provides freedom to its citizens, its citizens must be given freedom in this area—just like heterosexuals are given the freedom to commit sex outside of marriage, and are given the freedom to commit adultery.

Outside of murder, rape, stealing, drugs, lying under oath, harm to people and property (all common law in all countries), it’s not up to the government — or to us as Christian citizens — to decide and dictate which moral sins are worse than others, or which moral sins can be practiced and which can’t. For Christians, judgment in these matters are given to local churches, which are led by God-appointed authority over those churches.

Problem: The government has been irresponsible and out of harmony with the Constitution in these matters. I’m referring to the fact that they’re allowing the LGBTQ community to have their way over certain Christians who can’t provide service to them without violating their own faith. Both parties must be given the same freedom. Laws must be made and enforced to protect both groups.

 

Gun Control: While there is some debate about how to interpret the Second Amendment, I’ve read it and have thought about it, and I believe it allows private citizens to “keep and bear arms, without infringement.” However, that does not mean that the government cannot make laws that prohibit certain firearms. The idea that the Constitution allows its citizens to own and use any weapon they choose, simply isn’t there. As Joe Biden said, the Constitution doesn’t prevent the government from limiting which firearms a person can own—adding that “we’re not allowed to own a bazooka,” for example.

Therefore, the government has a responsibility to make wise decisions about guns. We have to remember that one of the primary responsibilities of the government is to protect its citizens. So far, I believe the government has been irresponsible in this area. I believe there should be laws that prohibit certain weapons.

When the Constitution was written, all they had in those days were muskets. So if extreme gun-rights activists want to go by the letter of the law, the government could legally allow only muskets. However, that would be ridiculous. We have to interpret and apply the Constitution to where our country is at any point in history as it relates to advancements and technology.

I believe something more has to be done about all these mass shootings, where semi-automatic rifles are being used. I believe we need to make them illegal. We need to do everything possible to make these weapons as hard to obtain as possible. And, there has to be stiff laws and penalties against business owners who sell the weapons or who sell the ammunition for them. The only allowance for these weapons should be for the military.

Again, the idea that the Constitution allows for ownership and use of any type of gun a citizen wants to have, is totally false. The government needs to do its duty to make sensible laws that will help protect its citizens.

I know the argument that bad people will always be able to get the weapons they need. True or not, that does not alleviate our government from being responsible and doing everything possible to make obtaining these weapons as difficult as possible. It’s simply common sense. It’s common wisdom.

Since American citizens have always had guns and have always used them for hunting since the time the U.S. Constitution was written, I think that’s evidence enough that we have always understood the framers of the Constitution to grant gun ownership to its citizens. To me, that wipes out the argument of those who believe that the Constitution just allowed gun ownership to citizens who were part of the militia (which we no longer have).

The Libertarian Party, of which I heavily favor now, believes that there shouldn’t be any regulations at all for firearms. While I’m in agreement with the Libertarian Party on most issues, this is one area where I have to disagree. But as with the other Big Two parties, there’s almost always going to be areas of disagreement. It’s inescapable. One must consider where a particular party stands as a whole, what its fundamental philosophy is.

 

Immigration: This to me is the most difficult area to solve. While we have to have immigration laws, there also has to be compassionate and humane treatment of those who come into our country illegally. Most of these are not bad people. Most just want a better life for their families. Many are running away from very dangerous situations, where their lives are in constant danger.

On the one hand, we can’t allow everyone to come pouring into our country at will…..because eventually we would destroy ourselves from within—then no one is benefited. This horrible situation has no easy solution. I’m glad I’m not a politician who has to deal with this. We blew it by allowing this situation to get out of control in the first place. It should have been dealt with many years ago. We’ve created a horrible mess.

While there are no easy answers, I believe we have to take care of the people that are already here. Not only would it be impossible to round up millions of people and banish them from our country, it would also be cruel and heartless to send people out of the country with nothing, leaving them with nowhere to go, leaving them to suffer and starve, leaving them to face dangerous people again. We’re talking about children! So we should take care of the ones who are already here, and at the same time do everything we can to stop the flow of illegal immigration.

In regard to granting a path to citizenship for those who enter illegally, I’m undecided at this time.

I’m totally against the way President Trump has treated those poor people, by keeping them in cages, keeping them fenced in without adequate care. This is wrong! It’s inhumane. I’m thankful to see that many churches are using this situation as an opportunity to minister to these people.

 

Healthcare: I haven’t given this much thought, but I do believe something needs to be done about insurance. It’s so expensive that it’s taking a huge chunk of our livelihood. It should not cost a fortune to stay healthy and get the care we need when we need it.

 

College Tuition: I actually agree with Bernie here—to some degree. Something needs to be done about the high cost of getting a college education. It’s getting to the point where only the rich can afford it. Not sure what the answer is, but a college education must be within the reach of anyone who wants it. Not only does that benefit the individual, but it also benefits society as a whole.

 

Military & Military Engagement: America must maintain a strong military in order to protect its citizens. Protecting its people is one of the primary responsibilities that the government has. However, I don’t believe we should be the “world’s policemen.” I don’t think it’s our responsibility to involve ourselves in so many countries.

But on the other hand, I believe we have a responsibility to help protect our allies, just like we would protect our own family and friends. That’s what friends and allies do, they help each other against bad people. If America comes under attack, we would want our allies to help us. We must do the same for them.

 

Fiscal Responsibility: The government should always lead with wisdom, to be wise in all matters. That includes spending. Trump, and Obama before him, have been irresponsible in this area. National debt has skyrocketed. We have a GOP that seems to care nothing about this under Trump’s leadership. They used to before he came along.

 

Education: While I haven’t given much thought to this, my initial thoughts are that the government should stay out of it for the most part—or at least leave it to the states to regulate it. I think it’s obvious that there needs to be some regulation, but it should be minimal, allowing people to home-school if they choose to do so.

 

Death Penalty: I don’t see anything in the Bible that would prohibit a secular government from carrying out justice in any way they believe is just or appropriate.

The Church doesn’t have that right, but a secular government has a different role in the world, different responsibilities. So the right to institute the death penalty is within a country’s right if they see fit.

To be clear, while I can support the death penalty, I’m not opposed to laws against it either. Again, I believe the government has the freedom to administer the type of punishment that they deem appropriate.

 

Drugs: Libertarians believe that the war on drugs should end. They believe that all drugs should be legalized. On the surface that sounds crazy. That was my own initial reaction. However, they have their reasons. I think they make some good points. While I’m not yet convinced, I’m open to other possible solutions than the current way of dealing with this horrible problem—because as Libertarians point out, the current way dealing with this is a total failure. Thus, I’m ready to consider other ways that may be more effective.

 

Character of Politicians: Character still matters! Unbelievably, character in politicians doesn’t seem to matter to a lot of Christians today, as their overwhelming support of Donald Trump proves. However, I believe what Jesus says about trees and its fruit: A good tree produces good fruit. A bad tree produces bad fruitwhich can only lead to bad leadership and bad decisions. We’re foolish to think otherwise.

Politicians don’t have to be Christians, but we should want and expect our leaders to be of noble character, with a respectable reputation. We should want and expect our leaders to carry themselves with dignity, honor, integrity, and wisdom. We should want and expect our leaders to be kind and gracious to other people. We should want and expect our leaders to represent our country in a manner that gains the respect of its own people, as well as the respect of other countries.

We want politicians (and judges) who will govern not only according to the Constitution, but also with honor and integrity. The two go hand in hand.

By the way, I believe that our (the Christian community) overwhelming support of someone as corrupt and ungodly as Donald Trump, has harmed our testimony and has hindered the work of the Lord. We’ve lost the respect of unbelievers by giving so much undeserved support to this horrible and reckless person. Instead — beginning with Christian leaders — we should be condemning the character and corrupt ways of this president, and calling for people of honor and integrity to run against him. For me, that would be Justin Amash.

 

Voting for Third-Party Candidates: As Christians, I believe we have a responsibility to support honorable and deserving candidates, even if it looks like they have no chance of winning. We’re required to do the right thing no matter what—which may require us to write-in someone. If we all do the right thing and vote for candidates of honor and integrity, then we have a good chance of seeing someone like that in office. But if we all assume that few others will vote for them and have no chance of winning, and then cast our vote for someone who is polling high – but of poor character and reputation – then we may never see the most deserving people in office. It begins with us. It begins with me. It begins with you. We’re not to be concerned about how others vote. We’re to do the right thing and vote for those who are worthy of the office, especially if they profess Christ as their Lord and Savior. We’re to leave the outcome in God’s hands. Living in fear of what might happen if our chosen candidate doesn’t get into office, isn’t trusting God. We’re to choose wisely, and then rest in Him.

If we only vote for those whom we believe have a chance of winning, nothing will ever change. If we only vote the way we think most others will vote, we’ll never see the most deserving candidates get elected. Change begins with us. Why should we be the ones to fall in line with everyone else? Why not require others to fall in line with us? Why should they take the lead? Why should we not take the lead? We must be guided by noble (biblical) principles, and not allow ourselves to be pressured into compromising them. We can’t worry about what others do. We personally must be faithful to do the right thing. If we as Christians all make that decision, who knows what the outcome will be? We can’t make decisions based on the unknown future—based on what we think it might be. We don’t know. We’re to make decisions according to what we know in the present. Our responsibility is to vote for wise and honorable candidates, and then leave the results in God’s sovereign hands—who does know the future.

 

Conclusion

The framers of our Constitution were brilliant. They provided us with a system of governing that provides a means for American citizens to dwell in harmony, where everyone is free and equal and treated fairly. I believe that if we truly allowed the Constitution to govern our country, there wouldn’t be the extreme division that we have in our country today. In this regard, I believe Christians have to share the blame.

Except in regard to abortion, there really shouldn’t be so much disagreement between political parties. I believe the primary cause of division is due to our failure to follow the Constitution. We’re not allowing it to fulfill its intended purpose—which is to provide freedom and harmony among its citizens, where everyone is equal, where everyone is free to live their lives and live out their faith as they see fit—as long as it doesn’t bring harm to other people.

We all share responsibility for the division among the American people, because we’re failing to follow the Constitution. We as Christians, can’t impose our faith and will on the government and its citizens, anymore than any other religion can impose theirs on us. We must support the means of freedom and fair treatment that the Constitution provides. Once one religion is given preference over another, it will lead to other preferences to other religions and belief systems, creating imbalance and injustice that our Constitution doesn’t allow for—and something we don’t want.

In regard to moral issues, we Christians can support the Constitution while remaining true to our faith. It’s not the job of secular government to teach and regulate morality. That’s the job of the Church. We must allow each entity to do its own job. God has a different purpose for secular government than He does for His Church. It’s when we try to make Christianity the means of governing, that we run into conflict. We overstep our bounds when we try to impose our will on the way the government makes laws and governs our country. I believe Christians are guilty of creating conflict that shouldn’t exist. Again, I believe we have to share the blame for division. Consequently, I believe it’s hurt our witness.

Consider the passage below:

(ESV – 1 Timothy 2:1-3) — 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,”

If this is the goal of prayer for those in authority (the government), then the goal of how we involve ourselves politically must be the same. In America, we have the privilege of being able to vote and make a difference. We’re allowed to participate in the political process, and how our government functions. Therefore, I believe we as Christians have a responsibility to do our part. I believe we have a responsibility to vote for people who will ensure our freedom—freedom for every citizen and every religion in America.

We’re to vote in such a way that “we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” That means voting for people who will vote for laws that will provide this freedom, that will allow us as Christians to live out our lives according to the Christian faith: “in peace and quiet and godliness and holiness.” If we’re able to live that way, that means there’s no government intrusion, that they’re giving us the freedom to live out our faith in peace, without government hassle. Not only without hassle, but with their protection.

That means voting for things that we don’t agree with as Christians. However, we can support a person’s freedom to choose, while still being true to our convictions. The two are not the same. But many Christians think they are. This is precisely where Christians are confused about what to support and how to vote. But the confusion is removed when we realize that God has a different purpose for secular government than He does for His Church. We have to recognize the distinction and keep the two separate. That allows us the freedom to vote according to the Constitution and for the greater good of the people. The big picture of freedom for all must always be kept in view. Because freedom for all, and for all religions, means freedom for Christianity to flourish without opposition.

There are differences in what American citizens believe. The framers of our Constitution not only allowed for that, but they also provided a way for us to dwell in harmony in spite of our differences. We do that by accepting one another, realizing that we’re all free and equal, and that we must be treated equally and fairly—as the Constitution stipulates.

Even within the Christian community — both worldwide and in our local churches — there are differences in what we believe. Yet the Bible is clear that we’re to dwell in unity and harmony in spite of our differences. Therefore, this is a principle that is to be applied to America and its citizens. Here, the Bible actually provides us with an example to follow, a pattern to apply in the political realm and how we’re to relate to one another as citizens of the same country. There must be mutual respect, just as there’s to be mutual respect among Christians who differ in both doctrine and in the way we live our lives.

America was founded on fair principles, principles that allow freedom and equal treatment for all citizens and all religions. It’s a wonderful governing system we have. The authors of the Constitution knew what they were doing. They understood how to create a governing system that would promote order and harmony among its people. Unfortunately, disorder and disharmony has developed over the years because we haven’t allowed the Constitution to guide us as it was intended.

We as Christians must do our part in keeping America moving according to the Constitution of the United States. To do so ensures continued freedom for all, and for all religions.

Lastly, I’ve been a Republican basically my whole adult life. However, over the last few years, I’ve been realizing its short-comings. This is especially true under Donald Trump. He has turned the Republican Party into something beyond recognition. I think it would be more accurate to call it the Trumpian Party. But aside from that, even in its true form, I don’t think the Republican Party lines up that well with the Constitution. I actually think the Libertarian Party lines up with it better. I think every political party is going to be imperfect in some way (just like our local churches are imperfect), but I think it’s important that we align ourselves with a party that best aligns itself with the Constitution. From my perspective, that may be the Libertarian Party.

It’s taken me years to get to the point where I’m able to see the Libertarian viewpoint. The disgracefulness of Donald Trump and the current state of the Republican Party has motivated me to reconsider the Libertarian platform. And while I’m a little concerned about certain positions, I think the Libertarian Party as a whole is more in harmony with the Constitution than the Republican Party.

I could never be a Democrat, chiefly because they’re pro-abortion. It used to be that the Democratic Party was divided between pro-abortion and pro-life. Now days, abortion is a major tenet of their party platform. The Libertarian Party is pretty evenly split on this issue. Both groups are recognized. Thus I can find a home there.

We know what we have with the Democratic and Republican Parties. These are the two parties that have been running our country since Abraham Lincoln. I think both are out of step with the Constitution, and not good for our country. Both parties are designed to give the government extensive authority and control over our lives—extending beyond the boundaries of the Constitution. It’s all about power. Because of that desire for power, it logically leads to corruption in order to achieve it. I think it’s safe to say that there’s corruption on both sides, and it’s gone on for too long.

This is where I think the Libertarian Party is superior. It seeks to keep the government within constitutional boundaries. While there may be areas of disagreement, the foundational principle on which it stands is sound. No party will ever achieve all of its goals, unless everyone becomes a member of its party. But since that will never happen, I believe the Libertarian Party would provide a much needed balance. In other words, there are goals of the LP that will probably never be realized, such as legalizing drugs and eliminating all regulations on firearms. Therefore, we don’t have to be concerned about such  things. Instead, we can enjoy the balance and freedoms that that party can give us, otherwise. I’m a lot more concerned with the other two parties.

The Democratic Party has failed. The Republican Party has failed. They both want to control our county with big government. The Democratic Party, especially, wants to regulate every area of our lives. I think the Libertarian Party has the right idea, and deserves a chance to show us what they can do for us.

As long as Libertarians are running our country, we will always have total freedom to practice our faith. Therefore, I believe the Libertarian Party is best suited for the Church of Christ. We will always be protected and free as long as they’re in office. If we allow Democrats to govern, I believe we will always be at risk of losing our freedoms. We are only at less risk with the Republican Party.

However, I don’t think it’s should necessarily be the goal for the Libertarian Party  to dominate. Rather, that the LP has at least an equal voice with the Republicans and Democrats, especially in Congress. They would have a unifying affect. With a two-party system, it’s total partisanship. A three-party system would provide a balance and harmony that is sorely lacking, and getting worse all the time. 

I support Justin Amash for President, who is currently seeking the Liberation Party nomination. He’s a man of honor and integrity. He has the kind of character we want in a President. He would restore the dignity of the Office of the President—something Trump has destroyed. He’s a staunch supporter of the Constitution. Furthermore, in his own words, he’s “100 percent pro-lfe.” By the time he becomes President, he will have had ten years in Congress. He understands how the system is supposed to work. Trump has proven how important political experience is to serve as President of the United States. Finally, Justin Amash is a Christian. I believe he’s everything we could possibly ask for in a candidate—a man of substance and character.