What does it mean to “vote your values?” Exodus 18:21 (Message Bible) reads as follows: “You need to keep a sharp eye out for competent men – men who fear God, men of integrity, men who are incorruptible…”
When Christians go to the polls and vote their values, they are seeking to achieve a reinvestment of Christian principle into our nation. To vote your faith means in the believing that you have invested in the Word of God. It is our civic responsibility to vote because that is the way that we produce the positive changes that we want to see.
James Garfield, the 20th U.S. president, had this to say:
“Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.”
Chief Justice John Jay
A man by the name of John Jay served as the first Chief Justice of the United States; he was offered that position by George Washington in 1789.
Jay was Anglican, a denomination renamed the Protestant Episcopal Church in America after the American Revolution, and since 1785 had been a warden of Trinity Church, New York.
In a letter addressed to Pennsylvania House of Representatives member John Murray, dated October 12, 1816, Jay wrote:
“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
Noah Webster, the “Father of American Scholarship and Education”
Noah Webster’s name is most connected with the dictionary. His 1828 American Dictionary contained the greatest number of Biblical definitions given in any reference volume. Webster considered education “useless without the Bible”.
Webster released his own edition of the Bible in 1833, called the Common Version. He used the King James Version (KJV) as a base and consulted the Hebrew and Greek along with various other versions and commentaries. Webster molded the KJV to correct grammar, replaced words that were no longer used, and did away with words and phrases that could be seen as offensive.
This quote is attributed to Noah Webster:
“If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”
Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship
Charles “Chuck” Colson is a Christian leader, cultural commentator, and author of at least 20 books, including several that have been recognized with ECPA Christian Book Awards.
This quote is attributed to Chuck Colson:
“God has entrusted us as free citizens to be His agents. That’s why we have such a sacred responsibility to vote: not to is disobedience to God. … Choose men and women of integrity whose ideas come closest to conforming to a biblical worldview. Be wise and discerning, voting not for selfish interest, but for God’s good purposes.”
All of these well-known people are saying in their own way: Vote Your Values. Fellow Christians, I sincerely hope to see you at the polls tomorrow.
My personal convictions as a Christian voter
Teachings I listened to from ministry leaders
The Minnesota Family Institute 2010 Voter’s Guide
The Message Bible