Tim Moore: America is approaching another presidential election here in 2020. What is the responsibility of a Christian voter?
Author Marsha Kuhnley has written an outstanding book titled The Election Omen: Your Vote Matters. In it, she emphasizes the fact that your vote matters. Marsha, what would you say should be the Christian’s response to going out and voting in an election?
Marsha Kuhnley: The Apostle Paul teaches us in Ephesians 6:10-20 that Christians must put on the whole armor of God. Doing so is especially vitally important in these end times. Paul exhorts those wearing the whole armor of God in that passage to stand “strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Therefore, Christians are meant to stay in an active mode. We wield our sword of truth, and one of the ways we can wield that sword of truth is by voting the way Jesus would have us vote.
Tim Moore: I love the fact that you pointed out that Christians need to remain active. Matthew 16:18 tells us that the gates of Hell will not prevail when the Saints are marching forward. That means that Christians need to be proactive in declaring God’s truth and spreading “salt and light” in our own society. Voting is a key way we can do that.
What should Christians look for when considering to vote for a particular candidate among the choices given in an election?
Marsha Kuhnley: Christians must keep a biblical perspective. The Bible provides us with many characteristics and causes to look for in terms of what a candidate supports. Right to life, being Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion, is a big one.
What their stance is on the LGBTQ+ movement should match up to what the Bible makes very clear — that God made man and woman for each other and that He created marriage for a man and woman alone. Only a sanctified, covenant relationship should be upheld. Any sex outside of marriage is a sin, and the Bible is very clear about that.
Those are two of the big issues Christians should be looking for when they pick a candidate for their vote.
Tim Moore: Too often lately our religious liberties have been under attack, even in the United States. Christians should then look for candidates who will respect religious liberty and all American’s freedom to worship as they see fit. It seems like as of late Christianity has been under tremendous attacks all over the world.
Marsha Kuhnley: Yes, I couldn’t agree with you more. In the end times, deception will abound. One of these deceptions is the Equality Act. Congress has had this act on their legislative agenda. It has nothing to do with equality. In fact, this act directly attacks religious liberty. Christians should not vote for candidates who are hostile to religious liberty.
Tim Moore: Some Christians at times have argued that Christians should never “sully themselves” with politics and that we are “above all of that.” Why would we not want to defend our society against all of the deception that is raging around us today? No, rather we need to be engaged in society and we need to exercise our responsibility to vote.
Marsha Kuhnley: Yes, again, I couldn’t agree with you more. Revelation 3 speaks of the last church — the Church of Laodicea. One of the complaints Jesus had against that church is that they had this “I don’t care” attitude. Apostasy! Jesus called that church not to be like that. He wished that the Laodiceans were neither hot nor cold, not tepid and flavorless.
Individual Christians can become like the Laodiceans. Jesus calls us not to be like that. Christians need to be hot. We cannot just sit on the sidelines with this “I don’t care” attitude saying, “I’m just going to sit here and wait until Jesus comes.” We are called to suit up, put our armor on, and vote!
Tim Moore: That’s a good message for all Christians. As Marsha revealed — your vote matters. Recognize that voting is not just your American right, but it is also your Christian responsibility.