Although I realize that writing a blog about my political opinions could be polarizing, I don’t believe that any Christian should be able to compromise on any of my points. It’s easy to get distracted by details of our current circumstances, but I rely on my core Christian principles and personal values to guide the way I vote. My core principles are not swayed by communication skills, display of knowledge, public image, or public opinion.
Like many of you, I watched the presidential debate last night. I’ve got to be honest with you, though. I thought more about their speaking style and what I could learn from each of them to improve my own ability to more effectively communicate the good news of Christ.
Also, I think it’s important to point out that while I maintain the perspective that Christians should be serving in political offices, I realize that we are not voting for a religious leader. We are voting for the next executive leader of our country and commander-in-chief of our military. This is something that we would all do well to keep in mind.
I always vote pro-life.
I don’t believe that anyone who is a disciple of Jesus can vote in favor of abortion in good conscience. Not voting in the direction of making abortion illegal is essentially voting to condone the continued murder of millions of innocent, unborn human beings. This is not okay.
This one issue is usually enough reason to decide my vote. To some, this may seem like an incredibly narrow-minded perspective. But I am increasingly convicted that the Church has not done more to reverse this dire situation. Voting pro-life is one of my highest priorities.
I always vote to support Christian values.
It’s the Christian principles that this country was founded upon that resulted in the right to bear arms, religious liberty, and a free-market economy. And of course, I always vote in favor of Biblical marriage.
I always vote for limited government, personal responsibility, and common sense.
I know that seems like three different things, but they all go hand-in-hand. There needs to be a revival of common sense in this country. Increased common sense always leads to greater personal responsibility, which in turn, reduces the need to rely on a necessarily larger government to take care of all our problems.
Therefore, I always vote for a limited government that understands that it’s true purpose is to serve and protect the citizens. I also think that common sense includes the unashamed, realistic understanding that we can only maintain peace through strength. I always vote in favor of maintaining a strong support for our allies, as well as the active opposition of those who seek to harm our citizens.
Do you have core principles that guide your vote? What are they?
Additional thoughts added Oct 4, 2012 8:20pm:
I should make it very clear that I don’t look for a perfect person to vote for — because they don’t exist. I’m not perfect, and my past definitely doesn’t reflect my current beliefs or predict the actions I will take tomorrow. This country is a representative republic, which means that we vote for someone to represent what is important to us. Every time you vote according to your values, you send a message. Therefore, I vote for a person who runs on the commitment to represent my values.
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for twenty years, and is the proud father of two boys.