Values and Voting

How do you decide who to vote for? Do you look at the candidate's character? personality? stance on issues? For most of us, we use some sort of subjective mix and prioritizing of a candidates qualities. When we evaluate their stances on issues we, consciously or unconsciously, choose to prioritze the importance of issues. What issues are most important to you? The economy? The war? Social issues? Moral issues? When I evaluate a candidate or party, values issues rise to the top of my priority list. I want to know where they stand on important moral/ethical issues (not necessarily in this order) such as:
  • Abortion
  • Marriage
  • Euthanasia (killing the old, sick, and terminally ill)
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Cloning
  • Gambling

We must always keep in mind that there is no perfect party or candidate (or human, we are all sinners!).

http://ivotevalues.com/ is a great resource for keeping informed on the issues, political parties, and politicians.

When you vote over the course of this next month (I hope and pray you will excercise that right), what issues will you choose to prioritize and evaluate candidates on? I vote values. (and did so today!) “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Tim. 2:1-2) “For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men” (1 Pet. 2:15)

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