Dear Roger,

When voting for a politician how much weight should the candidate's religious background play in my decision on who to vote for? It is okay to vote for a politician whose religious views are vastly different than my own? Should I consider their religion at all? Does the bible have any insight as to what to look for when deciding who I should cast my vote for?

Sincerely, Joy

Dear Joy,

There is an old proverb about good leadership: "It is better to be ruled by a good Turk than by a Christian who doesn't know what he is doing."

Referring to President Obama, Bill Clinton called him an amateur. Unable to work with Congress, he has twice brought America to the brink of financial disaster. Working successfully with Congress is a hall mark of effective presidential leadership. Lyndon Baines Johnson was a rough, tough, uncouth man but he knew how to govern and instituted much of his "Great Society.” I didn't necessarily agree with all of his politics, but at least the country was safe and secure under his leadership through very trying political times. President Obama's leadership and values give me little security that America is stable, safe and sound.

Yes, religion matters, but is not the deciding factor. It is more important to vote for someone whose values are like yours and who is able to govern well.

Since every Christian is responsible to vote, the Presidential Prayer Ministry has published a list of seven values that may well guide our votes at the polling place. 

  • The Sanctity of Life
  • The Sanctity of the Family
  • The National Debt
  • Education and Revisionism
  • Immigration
  • Unemployment
  • The Economy

I hope this helps.

Love, Roger

Third, How Involved Should Christians Be In The Political Process?

I am astounded that Jesus stayed completely out of politics. Think about it. Slavery was one of the top moral issues of His day. Some think that as many as 30 percent of the people in the ancient world were enslaved. He had many opportunities to address slave owners about this. He never said a word (by the way, Paul mentioned slavery but only to encourage Christians slaves to be the best slaves they could possibly be).

The tax system was rotten, unfair and full of theft and bribery. It was a Roman tool of social engineering. Jesus could have denounced it but He never said a word against. Instead He astounded all when He said, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's."

Jesus failed to address issues like abortion, usury and war. He could have, but He had a more significant mission: He was here to bring in the Kingdom of Love; social politics dimmed in light of more important matters.

We Christians might do well to remember that Jesus said to Pilate, “My Kingdom is not of this world.” Neither is ours.

I am not saying that we Christians should ignore these critical social practices. After all, Jesus said to "give to Caesar what was Caesar's and to God what was God's." I believe that Christians ought to be heavily involved in politics. We have a responsibility to influence our culture with Christian morals and values. However, I wonder if maybe we are going about it all wrong.

We have “shot ourselves in the foot” by the way we've entered the political arena. Studies of the first and early second-century-Christian church indicate that the early Christians were known as the people who loved God and others. They turned the world upside down for Christ.