Danny Gardner: Should faith be a factor in politics
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What role does faith play in making decisions? For some of us, faith is paramount in making decisions, particularly big decisions.

Elections are big decisions. Americans of all stripes have traditionally encouraged voters to get out and vote. We believe in the election process, in voting into office those who share our values and voting out of office those who don’t.

On the other hand, a small minority of elite activists screw up their faces in quandaries, wondering why ‘religion’ should play any role at all in voters’ decisions.

Their quandaries beg the question: what is faith? Generally speaking faith is belief, trust, or reliance. Faith itself is only as strong as the object of faith. In other words, one trusts in something or someone to provide what is promised.

Toyota has promised me that my truck will continue to run well if I maintain it properly. My ’88 Toyota pickup truck has 188,000 miles on it and is still running well. I rely on it to take me wherever I’m going.

Does that mean I trust politicians? Heavens no! I’m an independent, not a Democrat!

So, who should one trust? Like many Christians, I trust God to lead me in deciding whom to vote for. That’s not politically correct, but neither am I.

Is God for the Republicans or the Democrats? No. God is not for any political party. That’s not the point. The point of this column is that people of faith should exercise their faith in God, relying upon Him to lead them regarding their vote.

Does that mean all Christians will vote the same way? Absolutely not! Although years ago I heard a preacher say he didn’t believe a ‘real’ Christian could ever vote for a Democrat. I think I voted for a Democrat or two that year. I certainly didn’t vote for that preacher.

I don’t like preachers to preach politics from the pulpit. That’s abhorrent to me. When I attend a worship service, I expect to worship God, not man or politics. We spend little enough time as it is in corporate worship services to waste time on politics.

The bottom line is God has blessed America, far above any other nation in the world. Those of faith should seek His guidance as we approach this year’s election. We should pray for our leaders, all of them, and not in negative ways.

It’s ok to criticize our leaders when we don’t agree with them, but we should also pray for them and for God’s blessings. The Apostle Paul said no less to believers in Rome where Christians were persecuted for their faith, when he gave a brief civics lesson in Romans chapter 13.

Since 9/11, Americans have sung “God Bless America” during seventh inning stretches. We’ve displayed more reverence and sung along when bands played “The Star Spangled Banner.” And, in some venues some have even dared to pray. In many ways 9/11 re-energized America’s faith in God.

Maintain the faith. Pray before voting.

Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at , or interact with him on the Clarion-Ledger feature blog site http://www.clarionledger.com/section/blogs06.
comments (1)
« rjack112 wrote on Thursday, Oct 28 at 07:16 PM »
Amen, and amen.