In the days of Biblical kings and emperors, American-like elections didn’t occur. In Deuteronomy 1:6-13, Moses told the Israelites to choose wise men to help him govern. In Acts 6:1-5, the disciples were instructed to choose men to care for widows. But these “elections” hardly compare to today’s.
Once again, candidates are seeking Christian voters. They try to convince the electorate that they have better Christian credentials than other candidates. In Romans 13:1 (NIV), Paul told Christians to obey governing authorities as he did in Titus 3:1-11. But did he give any counsel on voting and campaigning?
In Titus 3, did Paul give direction on the candidates for whom we should vote and the manner in which candidates should campaign? In fact, he provided a campaign speech of sorts:
“Remind the people to…be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone. At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy…hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God…appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy…And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good…But avoid foolish controversies…and arguments…Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.” (Titus 3:1-11)
Candidates must be too warped to give this speech today. Their campaigns are mired in foolish arguments.
Paul says to look for a candidate who speaks of: kindness, love, mercy, harmony, goodness. But where?