Foundational Principles and Primary Elections

This week I’ve been searching for information on local candidates for the Primary in my state. It has not been easy to find information. While I’ve received flyers in the mail, seen adds on Facebook, read articles that have a definite slant one way or the other on topics, it still is not easy to sort through the verbiage. Sometimes I know the other side of the story so it’s easy to see the bias at least for that story. The past couple of years have taught me that things are not really the way they seem and I need to dig a little deeper. Sometimes people say one thing but do another. Someone once said “if it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck, acts like a duck, then it must be a duck.” Some people seem to take delight in telling people it is not a duck.

Looks, sounds, acts like a duck.

I’ve spent years in various support groups in my life. One principle I heard over and over again is that we need to choose principles over personalities. Peer pressure is so strong sometimes that it is hard to separate the principles from the personality. I think God calls His people to a higher standard. When we follow His principles with the Holy Spirits help and guidance based on the Word of God, life is less stressful.

One proverb says “when the righteous prosper, there are shouts of joy.” Or a variation of that depending on which translation you are reading. I think this is because a truly righteous person lives life based on principles. Those principles apply to everyone regardless of unchangeable characteristics. The Declaration of Independence says that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. Those are the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Some questions I want answers for are how does this person running for office of any kind demonstrate that they value life? Who is contributing money to their campaign? I think huge sums of money can be construed as a bribe so that that person will vote the way that person or organization wants rather than how their constituents want. If they’ve held an office, how long have they been there and how did they vote on issues pertaining to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? How have they voted on taxes and fees that essentially are a form of taxes? Do they accept “free money” which always has some kind of strings attached when applied to their constituents? Are they working towards a balanced budget? Do they protect those who cannot protect themselves or do they go along with the crowd? Are they a person of principles and courage or do they vote a party and/or peer driven line compromising the principles of what ever party they align themselves with? Do they hold unelected officials accountable too? Or do they look the other way when wrong things are happening? How do they look at parental rights and responsibilities? What are their thoughts on education? Even if the position they are running for doesn’t have a direct connection to these questions, principles matter and influence all areas of life often in unexpected ways.

These past few weeks have been stressful with the leak about Roe vs Wade. People seem to only see what they want to see and hear what they want to hear. It seems to go from one extreme to another with angry words, posts and fear leading the way. My question is, what does God say? He says things like people are created in His image, male and female He created them. Murder, stealing, covetousness is wrong as is worshiping anyone or anything besides Him. We have fallen far short of this. We need repentance and humility so that we can be healed. We are broken or in the process of being broken. Children and families need to be protected. Moses told the Israelites prior to their move into the Promised Land, “I call Heaven and Earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Therefore choose life so that you and your descendants may live.”

It appears that many people do not understand that there is a day coming when everyone will see God and have to give an account for what they did do and what they did not do. There is “no one righteous, no nor one.” Only Jesus can make anyone righteous.

As I research the candidates for the Primary, I know I have to make the best choice I can from fatally flawed humans who all need a Savior too. I can only do my own due diligence prayerfully, ask for resources and input from people who may know more than I do about local people, make the best informed choice I can, go vote, pray and trust God for the outcome. I’ve heard many times that “Duty is ours. The results are God’s.”

I once met a man from Tanzania. He told me that while the president there at that time was Muslim, he liked to hire Christians to work for him because he found that they lived by principles without favoring one person over another. I remember when that seemed to be more of the rule of things rather than the exception. God is no respecter of persons. Everyone is truly equal in His sight and is accountable to the same set of standards. Everyone needs Jesus to level the playing field.

How are you preparing for your primary?