We declare the lordship of Christ when our vote is shaped by biblical principles.

The following is a tract for social justice, written by the board and staff of Evangelicals for Social Action, and used by permission. It reflects biblical perspectives that are particularly relevant to Christians in a presidential election year, but which also apply to elections anywhere, any time.

Jesus christ is Lord. That confession is central to Christian faith. As Christians we deny our faith whenever we fail to acknowledge Jesus as Lord in every area of our lives—personal, social, religious, economic, political.

But how can Christ be Lord of our politics? That question is basic to the concerns of Christians, particularly American Christians in a presidential election year. The answer is that we submit our politics to the risen Lord by weighing every political issue in the light of Scripture. On the other hand, we offend the lordship of Christ when we make an idol of our society, our material interests, or our political ideologies.

But that raises two tough problems: (1) The Old Testament was written for a theocracy and the New Testament was written for the church in a pluralistic society. So how can one apply biblical teaching to secular society? (2) There is no detailed political or economic blueprint in Scripture. So how can a Christian determine which political views are better?

Certainly the first application of both Testaments is to the people of God. But the Scriptures clearly teach that God also cares about and judges nations. The Old Testament applied to surrounding nations like Babylon the same standards used for Israel.

Biblical revelation about how groups of people should live together was not arbitrary. Our Creator knows how we ...

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