By Isla Thomas/EEW MAGAZINE POLITICS
How Should Christians Vote? Right now, it's a question on lots of people’s minds and also the title of mega pastor Dr. Tony Evans’ recently released book. The 63 year old leader of the 9,500-member Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX is telling others, not who to vote for, but how to vote.
In an interview with World Magazine, Evans, the first African-American to earn a doctorate in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, gave out this advice: “When it comes to how to vote, I tell [my congregation], make a sheet of paper with four columns on it. First column, whatever the issue is, second column, what the Democrats say about the issue, third column, what the Republicans say about the issue, fourth column, what God says about the issue.”
After the columns are all in place, “Then you prioritize the issues because everyone’s not going to prioritize the same. Then you have a good feel for how you should vote.”
Though many people have argued that America is not a theocracy, but a democracy that cannot be held to the ideological standards of the contents of the Holy Book, Evans believes the Bible should be the Believer’s guide to the political process.
“I don’t have a problem with people using the Bible,” he explains and says, “The Bible is pregnant with politics.”
Not surprisingly, when it comes to issues of abortion and same-sex marriage, he takes issue with President Obama’s positions, and vehemently disagrees.
For him, disagreeing with President Obama while yet respecting him in his position, and obeying God’s word, can be done without contradiction. “Now you're bringing God into the equation while still honoring the uniqueness of [Obama's] accomplishment. I think you can do both, and ought to do both, honorably."
What are your thoughts on how you should vote? Do you view candidates’ positions on issues through the lens of God’s word? Share your thoughts.