In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught us that we should be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16).
Just as salt flavors food and as light dispels darkness, we are to influence our world – primarily through our witness and through our good works.
In our current context, another specific way that we can influence the overall character of our culture is when we cast our vote.
Our choices at the ballot box allow us to support values that honor God and lead to human flourishing.
So, what values should shape our vote? Here are four foundational, biblical values to consider.
- The value of life. Every person is created in the image of God and should be treated with dignity and respect. So, we should vote to protect and defend innocent human life – from the moment of conception to natural death. No value is more important than life!
- The value of marriage. Societies flourish when there is healthy family formation, built on the foundation of marriage as God ordained it – the union of one man and one woman in covenant commitment. So, we should vote for leaders, parties, and policies that honor marriage as God intended it to be!
- The value of religious liberty. God intends for us to be free to worship, to speak, to live, and to work peaceably according to the deepest convictions of our own consciences. God designed government to protect religious freedom, not to coerce conformity to the passing orthodoxies that reflect the spirit of the age. So, we should vote to protect and defend religious liberty for all!
- The value of equal justice and law and order. No one should be above the law, and everyone should receive equal justice under the law. God intends for civil governments to establish and maintain a just and orderly society – punishing wrongdoers, while praising those who do good. So, we should vote for those who are committed to equal justice and law and order!
Are there other values that might influence our vote? Of course. But none will be more important that these four foundational, biblical values.
So what about you? Election day is Tuesday, November 3. Will you cast your vote? Will your vote be shaped by biblical values?
God grant us wisdom and courage to be salt and light!