MWANDIKAJI K. MWANAFUNZI
THE WAY AHEAD
I urge readers to study the performance history and espousals of national, state, and local political candidates and nominees; compare what they say and do to God’s biblically-expressed commands, and vote accordingly. As Christians, let’s value God more than politics, and allow our Christian conscience to determine our votes.
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the King will say to those on right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did I see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine you did for me.’ —Matthew 25:31–40 (NIV)
Jesus Christ instructs us to treat people the way we want to be treated, and to avoid oppressing foreigners. In the Old Testament also, God instructed His people to treat people well. He instructed the Jews: “Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt. — Exodus 22:21 (NIV)
Christian brothers and sisters in the United States, during 2020, and beyond, let’s purposely approach voting from a Christian perspective. The Book of James instructs us to “… be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.”—James 1:22 (New Revised Standard Version)
The 2020 presidential election is scheduled for November 3, 2020. Time flies, so let’s focus on how we will vote, seriously analyzing candidates from a Christian perspective. Vote for candidates whom your Christian study, observation, and discussion indicate are most likely to do God’s will.
Study relevant scriptures; purposely analyze candidates, nominees, and incumbents from a studied Christian perspective. For example, analyze which candidates (on all levels) are most likely to help people in need. Try to carry out these actions without neglecting other important matters, such as church and family responsibilities.
Let’s be God-centered, Christ-centered, and let our thinking analysis, and votes emerge from that.