By Nathan Jones
Which political party best aligns with the Scriptures?
On Thursday, September 27, 2012, I was interviewed by host Brian Thomas of Blessings to Israel Ministries on his "God First" program. During the 45-minute interview we discussed how Christians should approach the 2012 election.
Brian Thomas: What do you think which party best aligns with the Scriptures? We know, of course, that no party anywhere in the world is going to be perfect, but between the Republican and the Democrats which do you think best aligns with biblical principles?
Nathan Jones: We have to go back to the Bible first. What does the Bible teach about God's law? After all, God is the sovereign King of the Universe. Therefore, we need to as a nation, as a people, and individually to be following the biblical foundation God has set for us. So, we have to look at who we vote for, whether Republican or Democrat or Independent or whatever, based on the ultimate King who usurps all of our man-made laws. We start with God's laws and look at biblical morality.
For instance, when we look at government, do we want a secular, atheistic government that worships the government itself as communist and socialist governments do. By the way, let me give you just two examples — the Soviet Union and China. When they adopted a secular, atheistic government the result was the slaughter of millions of their own people. The result is always a blood bath when a people adopts that form of government. Is that the kind of government the Lord wants?
When it comes to the way we handle our money, Capitalism and free trade are meant to be an open, honest system which has supposedly created the greatest wealth in history. It gives us jobs and money for charity for the poor and needy. Do we get rid of the Free Market System and go to something else much less effective, or do we continue to follow that system?
What about where the Bible talks about "thou shall not murder" which is the Sixth Commandment from Exodus 20:13? Murder is what we are doing when we commit abortion.
What about redefining the family through homosexuality? The Bible tells us neither to fornicate nor to engage in homosexuality. Leviticus 18:22 and 1 Timothy 1:9-10 and other verses reveal that fornication and homosexuality are sins and they're wrong. They are what the Bible says we shouldn't be doing.
What about the idea that we move into a society that removes Jesus from the public realm? It censors the views of Jesus. Well, how can we have justice? Proverbs 8:15 says, "By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just." So, if we don't have Jesus who is the maker of the laws, what does that end up putting us in? It ends up putting us into slavery to our own human government. Most importantly, the sin of idolatry is something that God hates the most. It is the very First Commandment. God hates idolatry; when we put ourselves up before God. What politician or what political party removes God from the equation and puts themselves up as government in God's place, which is definitely idolatry?
We need to vote based on biblical moral standards and not on man's standards. Because you asked, Brian, if I had to choose what party right now embodies, though not perfectly obviously because we are all human and we sin, I would say the Republican Party right now represent God's moral law better than the Democratic Party does.
Brian Thomas: Yes, and I agree with you.
How can Christians support a candidate or party that believes in the opposite of what the Bible teaches?
Brian Thomas: I want to highlight a few things you just said. You spoke about same-sex marriage and you also spoke about abortion. There are a lot of Christians out there who will say they do not support those things, and yet they stand behind a political candidate or party which does support same-sex marriage and abortion. So, I ask myself, how do they really reconcile that? How do they come to the point where that contradiction is acceptable to them? Because, I honestly have to say that I cannot sleep at night if I know I am supporting a party or a candidate who I know is going to push abortion, which is the murder of the innocent unborn, and who is also going to push homosexuality. As you stated, Nathan, the Bible is very clear on God's view of those two topics. I also have what I call sort of my litmus test of three things I look for in a candidate, and it's same-sex marriage, abortion and their stance when it comes to supporting the nation of Israel.
I see Christians who go along with those evil practices as far as supporting a candidate or a party, but then they turn around on the other side and say they don't personally support those practices. What are your thoughts on that? How do they come to such a contradictory conclusion?
Nathan Jones: I would say, Brian, it is because we've gotten very, very narrow focused, as well as placed our focus on ourselves. We as individuals have become one issue voters. If there is one particular issue that means a lot to us then it doesn't matter what the party represents concerning anything else, as long as our one issue is being addressed. So, let's say that you are particularly concerned about abortion. You're either for Pro-Choice or Pro-Life, and you vote only because you want to have an abortion or you don't want other people to have an abortion. Then you totally forget everything else that that party represents.
Another example, let's look at how both parties represent helping the poor. I think this issue is probably the biggest divider when choosing a party. There is this general idea that the Democrats are so good with the poor and they are always helping the poor and needy, whereas the Republicans just don't care. And yet, when you look at the leaders of the Democratic Party's released financial statements, we discover remarkably that they don't even give at all to charity. Then you look at the Republican candidates' financial statements and discover that they give so much to charity.
Look at how the parties differ in approaching charity. The Republican view is that you have to produce wealth. If you create lots of jobs and people are working, that creates wealth which pulls people out of poverty and puts money in their pockets so that they can give to charity. That approach is very different from the Democrats who believe that they should take money from people and then through the government redistribute other people's money. Such an approach makes it so that they never give the poor a chance to pull out and get a job for themselves because they become dependent on the government to provide.
So, to answer your question, Brian, I would say the reason we've betrayed our Christian beliefs when supporting a party or candidate is because we have become one issue voters instead of looking at the overall big picture.
Brian Thomas: Yes, and I've see how you answered confirmed in polls recently in which pollsters would ask, "What is the most important issue to you when it comes to supporting a candidate?" They would even ask if religion is important, and well under 50% would say religion is important. We will talk a little bit later about the religious beliefs of our two Presidential candidates. We're not going to elect a pastor, so religious views aren't so much about that, but we do have to acknowledge that often a person's view or their stance concerning religion is going to influence their policy.
With a lot of people, their main concern is economics. They want to know what's good for the economy. How is the candidate going to better my lifestyle as far as my bank account goes? I believe when it comes to people's money, they can look the other way when it comes to other important issues like abortion, homosexuality and same-sex marriage, and the nation of Israel. That is really troubling to me.
As you said, we should be not just one issue voters, but we must look at the entire picture. I think if we don't then we are going to have to answer to God some day for putting money before morality.
Nathan Jones: You're absolutely right. I agree 100%. We cannot be so center-focused, so selfish, so me-generation that we install a government and a system that's totally antithetical to our Christian beliefs just because of one or two issues that directly concern us.
In the next part of Brian and my interview concerning the Christian's approach to the 2012 election, we'll see if a Christian in good conscience can vote for a Mormon.