(Proverbs 29:4 KJV) The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
Let me get political in a non-partisan, spiritual way. Yes, it is possible to be spiritual when it comes to politics. We have an election coming up in 2016. People have already declared their intent to run, are raising money and scrambling for the attention of the media. The circus has begun. That is the secular part. The spiritual part is that we have plenty of time to do our homework. That involves listening but even more looking into the past.
What are we looking for? Read this verse again. I don’t care if it is voting for president or signing a petition outside the grocery store. We are to be seeking leaders who believe in “judgement” (justice NASB) (4941) as the Bible defines it and are not into taking “gifts” (bribes NASB) (8641) however they are disguised. Biblical justice means acknowledging that there are absolutes of right and wrong and people are examined as individuals in relation to that standard. Bribery is using political office for personal benefit rather than what is good for the nation.
These standards, found in the Bible, may rule out the person you would vote for because you want bread and circuses, which can be health care you didn’t pay for or a tax break on your home mortgage.
So? It is painful but God has blessed and cursed us with a democratic form of government. Don’t mock Him by voting selfishly.