A GUIDE TO THE 7 CRITICAL ISSUES IN THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS
September 14, 2018 | By Wanda Alger, IFA Field Correspondent
When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers. (Prv 21:15)
Citizens are bound by the laws our elected officials pass, not by their behaviors or personalities. The charisma, temperament, and lifestyle of public officials are secondary to the roles they play and the responsibilities they carry. The true goals and values of any elected leader will be demonstrated by the decisions they make, the legislation they create, and the laws they enact. We are legally bound by these official actions and must also live with the consequences of these decisions.
If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. (Dt 28:1)
Believers are called to pray for our leaders and to elect and appoint officials who will support and uphold the biblical values we embrace. Regardless of public persona or charismatic personality, we must vote for candidates who will actively support our biblical values and constitutional heritage.
IFA’s latest voter guide, Glorifying God through Elections, suggests seven biblical values as critical issues in this upcoming election. Prayerfully consider these issues. Ask the Lord to reveal which candidates uphold these values in words and in action. Pray that our elected officials will embrace these eternal principles, making right decisions and just laws to uphold them.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Ps 139:16)
BIBLICAL FAMILY VALUES
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. (Heb 13:4)
“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” (Mt 19:4-5)
FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND SPEECH
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Gal 5:1)
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Prv 31:8-9)
And he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. (Isaiah 11:3-4a)
Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great but judge your neighbor fairly. (Lv 19:15)
SUPPORT OF ISRAEL
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. (Gn 12:3)
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” (Ps 122:6-7)
The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. (Prv 29:7)
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. (Eph 4:28)
JUST AND COMPASSIONATE IMMIGRATION
From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. (Acts 17:26-27)
As the midterm elections approach, share this information with others so that we can agree in our prayers, be unified in our vision, and vote for candidates who will support Kingdom values being established in the land.
- For a free copy of our new voter value guide, “Glorifying God Through Elections,” CLICK HERE.
- For multiple copies to share, call our office at 1-800-872-7729, and for a donation of any amount, we will mail you these brochures to distribute at your church, workplace, and community.
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