Party Over: Voting Biblical Values over Politics

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Many Christian leaders are campaigning hard this election year, but they're not backing a specific candidate. Instead, they are urging Christian voters to rely on biblical principles when they cast their ballot.

A familiar name in politics is one of those on that last minute campaign push. Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., recently partnered with the group Concerned Women for America in a "She Votes 2012" event, targeting female voters.

King spoke with CBN news prior to an event in Hampton, Va. She stressed this election is bigger than any political party.

"The party is over," King said. "This is not party time. This is a serious time because America needs to be fixed. And there is a desire in my heart to see that."

"So I say to people, when you look at a ballot, vote for the absolute best candidate on the ballot," she said.

For Alveda, that candidate is the one who most reflects biblical principles.

"We can vote our values or we can vote God's principles," she said. "And God's principles are just so very clear and that actually should transcend the political party."

King isn't alone. Bishop E.W. Jackson took his message to black church leaders, challenging them to resist what he calls blind loyalties.

"You cannot align yourself with a party, an organization, a business, anything that is in rank rebellion against God and against the values you are taught in scripture," Jackson told CBN News.

"It's not about race, it's about righteousness. It's not about party it's about principles," he continued. "It's about voting in a way that will please God. That is what the ultimate goal ought to be."

A guide to achieving that goal can be found in a new book called, How Should Christians Vote?, by Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship church in Dallas.

Evans recently visited the CBN News Washington, D.C. Bureau to talk about his book.

"If God is involved with government and God is the author of government, and God determines what is good and what is evil, then he should be consulted on all issues," Evans said.

Before voting, Evans encourages Christian voters to get out a sheet of paper and write down an issue of concern. In one column, write down where Democrats stand, in the next column where Republicans stand, and finally in the last column, what God says about the issue.

"You vote for the party, the platform, the candidate or the policies that closest reflects the values of the kingdom of God," Evans explained.

Evans is also quick to point out that God is neither Democrat or Republican.

"He is the consummate independent because he only votes for himself," he said. "And he doesn't ride the backs of donkey or elephants."

"We have reduced him to partisan politics rather than from a Christian perspective, recognizing He is His own king with His own kingdom," he added. "And He makes His judgments based on how consistent people are with His rule."

Pastor Evans said God's rule should rule how Christians vote.

*Original broadcast Oct. 16, 2012.

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