"As a Christian you need to vote based on conscience and what the bible teaches not based on whether the person has a donkey or an elephant associated with their name. And the choice is obvious when you vote with that in mind." This is the statement that I feel like I keep hearing from Christians.
My question is, "Is it as cut and dry as some have been making it out to be?" I want to be an informed voter. I want to do what is honoring to God and so I want to think through this from a gospel-centered perspective. And when I say that, I can already imagine the responses of some. But I want to just stop and think for a moment before we jump to conclusions or only listen to what "FoxNews" tells me about one candidate or "CNN" tells me about the other candidate. (Side-note :: If you only listen to one side and you never listen to the other side, can you really say that you are an informed voter.)
Issues of Homosexuality and Abortion are being championed as the obvious linchpin for who Christians should vote for. What I am wondering is "are there just as blantant anti-Kingdom of God platforms that are being presented by the Republican party that should weigh into our decision?" And let me make one thing clear, I am not talking about the religious beliefs of either candidate. I am wondering if there are political positions that Christians have bought into for years that are just as destructive to the advancement of God's kingdom and purpose that we need to begin to take into account as we think through who we are going to vote for.
If there are blatant anti-Kingdom of God platforms on both sides, (again let me emphasize, I am not talking about the religious beliefs of either candidate) how do we go about voting in a way that honors God and the mission he has given to us?