Posted by: Heather | September 18, 2008

Your Turn

So,

I have decided I would like ask a question to all who read this blog. (please, feel free to comment)

Do you think the Bible would support or discourage voting for Sarah Palin? Please explain why.

I don’t know what I think, so I would like your input.

Craig

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Responses

  1. that’s a good question…and I can’t answer it = )but, I can say that i would vote for her as president before i voted for obama = )

  2. Well, you already got an earful of my concerns. But I might as well take up a bunch of comment space just for fun 😀Since the vote is for McCain as prez and Palin as VP, I think it would be a good idea to ask yourself whether you want HIM in the driver’s seat. If you didn’t like him before, does it matter who is his running mate? Obviously, there is a chance something could happen and she would end up President. As a powerful government official, is she in a Biblically appropriate position for being a married woman with young childrent? If not, then would you still feel comfortable supporting her in this venture? What about international policy/relations? Or as a military leader? Think she could hack it?Is NOT voting for McCain/Palin actually voting FOR Obama? I’m not convinced either choice is good. So, is voting in favor of the lesser of two evils right? Seems as though I tried doing this the past couple elections and it never sat quite right with me. But until recently, I never even considered voting third party cuz I had a false sense of importance that somehow my single vote would actually make a difference in who ends up as president.Psalm 146:3,5 “Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God..”Prov. 21:1 “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes.”I think that would indicate that it really doesn’t matter who gets “in” as God will accomplish His plan regardless. Perhaps the real question, then, is not “who should we vote?” for so much as “where do we stand in relation to God’s commands?” It is a matter of principles rather than politics, IMO.James tells us to ask God for wisdom–and be ready to do what He says. So, I will pray with you that you choose wisely, and, as your wife, will stand with you as you vote according to your conscience 🙂~H

  3. Some say it is better to vote for the “lesser of two evils” in order to keep the worst of the two from winning. I don’t like our options this year, but if the Idaho vote counted in the presidency, I would probably vote for the McCain ticket. At least we will have one person in office with integrity (Palin). Then there are some who say it is wrong to vote for the lesser of two evils – why would you vote for them if you don’t like what they stand for? In the end, my answer is this: God puts government in place and controls the hearts of kings, and requires us to submit as long as we are not in sin. God puts even the evil governments in place to fulfill his purposes, we really don’t have any control in this matter. 🙂 We do need to pray for them though.Romans 13Submission to the Authorities 1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.I Timothy II1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.Proverbs 211 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.

  4. Hello, I don’t really know you but I’m Heidi, Terah’s sister and Shelby’s cousin. I was once good friends with Jack and Thomas and your dad is pretty much my favorite teacher. I have been lurking around your blog and have really enjoyed it. Might I say that, your concept of Scripture is amazing to me and it rivals what I always loved about listening to your dad. It is simple. You have no idea what this means to my pea-brain! Moving right along, I had a giggle when I read your question because my husband and I have been discussing this very thing a lot lately. I read through the other comments and I pretty much agree with Heather. I have always felt I was simply voting for the lesser of two evils and that bothers me. The feminist part of me says, “Why on earth not, she seems at least semi-moral and better a semi-moral woman than an immoral man leading us.” Then I remember the passage in 1 Timothy where it talks about women not having authority over men and wonder if that also applies to politics as well as worship. I guess all of this to say that I have no idea. We have really considered not voting at all… Oh yeah, I also agree with Lance!

  5. Thanks for your comments, friends.My delimma was over the (seemingly) opposed concepts in this decision about Paul’s instructions about a woman not being head over man; while at the same time we have an obligation to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves (in this case the unborn). The McCain / Palin ticket appeared to be the pro-life ticket, but she is a woman. (not about my opinion, but about Paul’s instructions – so what do I do??)In this case I think I have been able to resolve the conflict in my mind. I still don’t have the theological or philosophical reasoning all figured out, but I am pretty sure which side I come down on.I know that John McCain is not pro life consistently, and Sara Palin says that she is personnaly opposed to abortion, but she makes it her personal opinion rather than a moral absolute. To me this is technically (and effectively) a pro choice position.When I look at her track record in Alaska a little closer, I don’t think she is mature enough or equipped to even be governor, let alone president. (search worldnetdaily.com for Alan Keys’ articles on the subject for more info)Thanks again for your comments. Each of you should take this before God and have Him tell you what you should do. James 1 says if we lack wisdom and ask in faith, he will give it. Don’t take my word for it.Craig

  6. Heidi,I do remember you. I see Jay once in a while up here, as he is our UPS driver at the mill.Seems you have grasped the essence of my title “The Simple Guy” If my understanding of a passage isn’t simple, I’m not ready to talk about it yet. Besides, I think that is where we live life.Also, be sure you are prayerfully considering what ever is there, as the Holy Spirit will work with those things that are true. Don’t just take my word for it. I am glad you have benefitted. To God be the glory.Craig


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