When asked “How should an evangelical Christian decide who to support in this election?” Timothy George, founding dean of Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School and chairman of the board of the Colson Center for Worldview, responded this way (abbreviated remarks):
- We should be grateful to live in a representative democracy where the right to vote and the rule of law are respected. Vote!
- The American republic was founded on a clear distinction between church and state, as the First Amendment shows, but this has never meant the separation of faith from public life. Distinguish!
- In the Manhattan Declaration, Chuck Colson, Robert George, and I made a public argument, based on biblical wisdom and the right use of reason, that the three most pressing moral issues of our time are the sanctity of every human life from conception to natural death, marriage as a lifelong covenantal union of one man and one woman, and religious freedom for all persons. Discern!
- There is a difference between Christian discernment and partisan politics. Examine!
Greg Strand, director of theology and credentialing for the Free Church, wisely added a fifth recommendation:
Regardless of who wins the election in November, the spiritual and moral issues that ought to inform our political acts will remain on the agenda. Pray!