How much of an impact does a presidential candidate’s religion have on your decision to vote for that candidate?
It probably is of little or no surprise to you that every U.S. President to date has either professed to be a Christian, attended church, and/or been a member of a Christian church. Yes, even Thomas Jefferson, who has been accused of being an atheist or deist by many, did profess to be a follower of Christ.1
Whether or not someone is a Christian or believes in God is not for me to judge. What I can do, however, is look at a politician’s actions and how he carries out—or doesn’t carry out—his stated policies.
How will these actions and policies affect my freedom, my right to make my own decisions, to pursue my dreams, and to enjoy a peaceful and prosperous life?
I know that some people are adamant that there is no place for God in politics, and especially no place for Christianity in politics. However, the foundation of American government is clearly based on the biblical principles of freedom, equality, justice, and the moral laws found in the Ten Commandments.
It is these principles that have made America a shining city on a hill.
The rest of the world may criticize America at times, but the truth of the matter is that people flock to her shores in droves so that they can enjoy peace, prosperity, and success.
On September 11, 2001, George W. Bush, America’s 43rd President, addressed the nation with these words: “America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining.”
And what role did faith play in executing his duties as commander-in-chief ?
In 2006, President Bush stated: “But I happen to believe, for me at least, faith is one way to make sure that my values stay intact, and that I keep life in proper perspective, which is a very important part, in my judgment, of being a good decision-maker.”
Do a presidential candidate’s faith, values, and beliefs matter?
Let me ask you this, how much are your decisions and your actions influenced by your faith, your values, and your beliefs?
What say you?
Kendra H. Armstrong
1. See David Barton, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2012), 165-192, for a persuasive argument, based on historical evidence, that Thomas Jefferson was not an atheist or a deist, as is commonly believed.