Yesterday my son, Ben, posted this on his blog and I thought it was well worth considering as we go to the polls to vote.

Tomorrow brings the mid-term elections. Isn’t it amazing that we live in a country where we have the right and opportunity to influence the direction of the government? With this great freedom we experience comes the responsibility to be a part of the process by voting. As a Christ-follower I believe that my faith should affect the way I view and do everything. This includes voting! So what concerns should we have when we vote? I’ll tell you how I vote-

  1. I vote for life. The Bible tells us that life is sacred. God created us in his image. Frankly, a country that does not defend innocent life (including the life of the unborn) can not expect God’s blessing. I vote for the candidate who is against killing babies.
  2. I vote for morality. God’s plan for marriage and family is one man and one woman for a lifetime. When we stray from God’s design it corrodes the foundation of our nation- the family. God has called us to love those with differing views and lifestyles. Part of loving them is calling them to repentance and faith in Christ. Public policy should reflect this reality.
  3. I vote for personal and fiscal responsibility. Freedom works when everyone in a society realizes their own responsibility and personal accountability for the way they live. As a general rule, I can’t spend more than I make and call myself a good steward of the things God has given to me. I carry this principle into the government as well. We can’t continue to spend money we don’t have.
  4. I vote for Israel. “I will bless them that bless thee, and I will curse them that curse thee.” I believe that part of the reason God has blessed our nation is that we have been a friend to this nation throughout our history. Israel faces many threats, unrealistic expectations of the world community, and few true allies. I believe it is important to maintain a good relationship with Israel.

What principles guide the way that you vote?

Ben Jennings is Associate/Youth Pastor at Sonshine Baptist Church in Port Charlotte, FL, and son of Pastor Dennis Jennings.  This post was originally posted at www.benjenningsblog.com.