Whom I Vote For!

Retired Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, a Seventh-Day Adventist and former Republican contender for the Presidency, was quoted in the press as follows:

“I believe Christians in this country can easily determine the next president of the United States and all other national and local leaders, should they simply show up at the polls. When we do vote, We The People will once again solidify our commitment to the Judeo-Christian values upon which our nation was founded… being a person of faith does not delete the responsibility to take part in the society in which you’re living.’”

As long-time readers know, members of the Church of the Eternal God and its international affiliates have been refusing to vote in governmental elections, being convinced that based on the Bible, they must not do so. On the other hand, let me say that I AM voting this year, and let me show you who my candidate is whom I fully support.

First, let me state some of the important characteristics of my candidate. When I vote for someone, I must be convinced that he fulfills these (and many other) requirements, so that I can endorse him completely and totally… with a one hundred percent approval rate.

My candidate who gets my vote must teach against war. He must be able to convince the people that they must not advocate and participate in war either (Isaiah 2:3-4; 9:6-7; 26:12; Psalm 46:9; 68:30).

My candidate must be able to judge with righteousness, not based on hearsay, innuendo, rumors or exaggerations, and no unrighteousness must be in him (Isaiah 11:3-4; Psalm 92:15).

My candidate must be faithful in anything he says or does (Isaiah 11:5). Whatever he promises, he must keep (Isaiah 46:11; Psalm 105:42). It must be impossible for him to lie (Hebrews 6:18). There must be no deceit in his mouth (1 Peter 2:21-22). He must follow the standards which he has announced and put forth, even though they may not be in accordance with the ideas of others (Matthew 20:1-15). He must not change his opinion when it is politically expedient to do so (Malachi 3:6; Numbers 23:19).

While he must be truly gentle and lowly in heart (Matthew 11:29), he must not fail in what he has purposed to do until he has established true justice in the land (Isaiah 42:4).

How many contenders for the American Presidency do you know who would qualify to be my candidate? I know of none.

And still, I will vote this year, as I did in previous years. I will vote for the ONLY candidate who meets my requirements. I am talking about Jesus Christ, of course. And this is what we read in Psalm 118:8-9:

“It is better to trust in [and vote for] the LORD Than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in princes.”

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