Trump, Clinton, and the Christian Voter

The coming election dominates the headlines and the conversations of many.  I am asked daily about the election and my thoughts on the candidates.  Like you, I confess that I am often perplexed and confused.  I have prayed, read the Scripture closely, conversed with thoughtful believers, and read widely.  I would like to share with you several guiding principles, some of what I have been reading and a few conclusions that I have come to personally.


Guiding Principles

  1. As a follower of Christ, I must seek to think about these things biblically.  I must not simply turn on my favorite news program and draw conclusions and make my decisions solely off what I hear.  I must not be conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing of my mind (Romans 12:2).
  2. As a citizen of the United States, I must seek to understand the candidates, their platform, worldview, and stance on the issues facing our Nation.  Do not make decisions from one source or based on your impressions of a candidate.  Educate yourself.  Further, I remind you there is far more going on in this election cycle than the election of a President.
  3. As a follower of Christ, I must not separate my faith from my responsibilities as a citizen of this Nation.  I do not lay down one and take up the other.  I must render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.  What is God’s?  Everything!  I must love and serve Him with all my being, mind, heart, life and vote.  Here lies the dilemma that many are facing and rightly so.  How can I love God and walk in faithfulness to Him and vote for one of the Presidential candidates that will be on the ballot in November?
  4. As a part of the Body of Christ, I must not attack my brothers and sisters personally in conversation or collectively on social media.  We should be marked with a sober humility and prayerful, thoughtful discussion as we move through these days together.  Whoever is elected President will come and go.  Life will go on good or bad until Jesus comes.  Then, He will set all things in order.  As followers of Christ, we will do all of this together.

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Christian Call to Citizenship

God’s call on the Christian certainly includes a call to citizenship. A government of representation is a blessing, and the Bible makes clear that with blessing comes responsibility (Luke 12:48). The responsibility of citizenship applies therefore to the Christian who must be a faithful steward in every area of life, in his finances, in his time, and no less in his citizenship. Faithful stewardship of citizenship is a significant aspect of the Christian’s life because our Creator God has established government and for his good purpose (Romans 13). The same God and our Heavenly Father has righteously and sovereignly placed the Christian in the society and under the government in which he lives. Political faithfulness that is rendered in the public square is thereby rendered first to God. The Christian’s faithful stewardship of citizenship is also a gospel issue, as he is given the mandate to seek the peace of the city for the sake of the gospel and the salvation of leaders and fellow citizens. (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Citizenship, then, is not a responsibility that we may lightly set aside, for God calls us to faithful stewardship. Why would this stewardship apply any less in the public square?

In light of this calling to faithful citizenship, Parkwood’s Culture Impact Team has drafted the following statement:

Are You Registered to Vote? The deadline for 2016 Primary Elections Voter Registration is February 19. 

There are 90 million Christians in America and 39 million of them don’t vote or are not even registered to vote. Imagine the impact that Christians could have on the future of our nation if we made our voices heard by exercising our right to vote. By bringing our biblical view into the voting booth, we can exert overwhelming influence on issues like right to life, traditional marriage, religious freedom, ethics and morality, and public prayer. Who you vote for makes a difference! Are you registered to vote? Have you registered again if you changed your name or legal residence? Will you be 18 by November 8? Then plan to vote in the Primary Election on March 15.

Questions? Contact the Gaston County Board of Elections (410 W. Franklin Avenue, Gastonia NC 28052) at 704-852-6005 or, or any member of the Parkwood Culture Impact Team: Henry Hall, Sarah Falls, John Howren, Chris Edwards, and Nancy Brandon. If you are outside of the Parkwood faith family and have questions, this team has made themselves available for assistance and may be contacted through the church office: 704-864-3681 or

If you are confused about or oppose the reasons for political stewardship stated in short above, then I would commend two resources for consumption and consideration: an article from The Gospel Coalition, and a second article from the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.