Without doubt this presidential election cycle is unique in its own right. My Facebook and Twitter feeds have been charged since early summer with shared articles and posts from almost every perspective—don’t vote for him, we must do everything to make sure she doesn’t get in, we must vote for him because he is the hope for our future, Christians should vote this way, Christians absolutely shouldn’t vote this way, and on and on.
Having gone rounds on Facebook about the wisdom of Christians voting for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, I want take a step back and focus more broadly on the matrix through which a Christian ought to evaluate candidates at every level. Several weeks ago Kevin Bauder, a man I highly respect, presented in a Sunday School setting a list of nine principles by which a Christian ought to evaluate every candidate that comes on the ballot. I posted the videos on my Facebook feed. Each session is about 30–35 long and I don’t anticipate everyone that follows me was able to watch. In light of the ratcheting up of the presidential campaign, I wanted to post the list here for your consideration. Lest anyone accuse him otherwise, Bauder came up with this list years ago when he was thinking through how the Christian ought to relate to the political realm.read more