DISCLAIMER: I don't intend to get too political here, so I must first acknowledge the uncanny way politicians can politicize everything in life; and in so doing, try to silence the Christian voice as if to say that only secular voices count. I will not be silent here.
With that said, let me get back to my question. I, for one, will not cast my vote without carefully answering that question personally. For that reason, Ted Cruz was wise to challenge the American Voter to "vote your conscience." I truly want to examine my conscience. I have done so at every Presidential Election since I was in my mid-twenties. I have searched the Scriptures for guidance. I have prayed. I have sought counsel from older, wiser Believers. This election, however, presents some particular problems for those who seek to honor God by their voting. Therefore, I have some oft-repeated guidance to share AND some specific guidance in light of the Bible that comes to bear on this election more than any before. I hope you will read on.
First, let me make my stand. What follows will be my reasoning. I believe that Christians SHOULD cast their votes, even when both candidates hold unbiblical positions. Caveat: The Christian vote should be toward the one who holds the fewest unbliblical positions and the most biblical positions. There are far too many issues to let a single issue keep a Christian from doing his duty rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar's - our vote. This is our prime way of influencing the laws of our land for the Lord, and we should avail ourselves of that opportunity every chance we get. I say that with compassion for those who are debating the very idea of whether or not to vote this year. I've struggled with it deeply this year as well - nearly coming to the conclusion that I would NOT vote. But the Lord has changed my heart on this matter after prayer and Bible Study.
Now, I'm not going to give you a long list of Bible passages as "homework" to look up. But I encourage you to do your research - biblically and politically. Know what God says about things and know what each candidate says. It's important for your conscience and ability to honor God. He gave you a brain to use at the ballot box. Use it.
So, to explain WHY every believer should vote - beyond what I've already said, let me encourage you to consider this: God is advancing the World Stage toward a great showdown we know as the "end times." Without getting too deep into the subject, we need to remember that in the "fullness of time" God's agenda will be brought to a head. He chooses those heads of state who sit at the table of World Leaders. There WILL be a time when all the world will be against Israel, and other concerns of Biblical prophecy. Until that time, the Christian should be interested in staying the return of Christ by keeping the American Leadership as morally and Biblically sound as possible. Our vote is a KEY means of doing that. Our vote should reflect our desire that our nation Glorify God; not diminish Him. Our vote should reflect our own dedication to Godly values - and it will. Some "believers" will vote their pocketbook, while others will vote morals. One candidate even said something along the lines of, "Some [voters] will vote for God even if it is economically harmful to them." May I remind Christians that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil? So, yes, I will vote for God even if it means I get less government money (which isn't government's money anyway, it's my fellow American's money!). Therefore, whoever is elected as our President and Governors this year, God will have selected the ones that will fit His timeline and agenda. Our prayer is that His timeline and agenda are not to go forward too quickly toward the decay that will be in place at the return of Christ. Therefore, let us vote for the lesser even if it means we vote for evil of some kind. We slow down the inevitable decay of our country by doing so if we will do that en-masse.
Having said that, now let me encourage Believers to search their hearts and research their candidates. What positions matter to God? Life is one. Life matters. All life matters to God. Every person is made in the image of God. Life is precious to God. People are supremely important to Him. Life is sanctified - set apart as "most important." Fetuses (Latin for baby) in the womb are important. Elderly people are important. Cops are important. Blacks are important. Murder is wicked - period. Taking a life without due process is murder. God instituted capital punishment, but that is to be done by the government by due process. It is not murder. However, abortion, euthanasia, suicide, black-on-black violence and black-on-blue violence is murder. It is wicked. Let's stand for the sanctity of life because God does.
Social policies that seek to embrace God's values are also something to stand for. God intends marriage to be between a man and a woman. Anyone who has a tendency to see it any other way deserves compassion, but not celebration. They are at odds with God. Our nation will not be blessed by God when we tell Him to get lost on these kinds of matters. Shaking our fists at God will not bring His blessing. Pretending He doesn't exist will not bring His compassion on us. Christians should vote for those who will stand for marriage, not "marriage equality."
Lastly, God's Word speaks of His intent for Government and its role with regards to the nation it serves. Government is given by God to serve the people as a restraint against evil - not a means of practicing evil. The police and military were given to restrain law-breakers and enemies from wreaking havoc among the populace. Legislature is given to make laws that enhance the ability of the populace to thrive in goodness toward God and one another, not give license to all sorts of harmful practices. Government is not God, either. Government does not give rights to anyone. Government is supposed to acknowledge that rights come from God - and governmental authorities must answer to Him for their efforts to protect, not erode, those rights. Our vote should be for candidates that will do just that - protect our God-given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness - as shown in the first five amendments of our Constitution. Anyone who seeks to remove those rights should not receive our vote simply because they do not wish to serve in a government that fulfills God's purpose for that government.
So, I return to my question: "Should a Christian cast a vote for someone - anyone - who holds unbiblical positions?" Yes. Sometimes, as now, we are given two candidates to choose from. Neither toes the line on all issues. The question needs to be this: Which one holds more biblical positions? That one gets the Christian vote. It should NEVER be "which one gives me more money?" We should vote for the Lord's stand on things because that stays the return of Christ so we may lead more to faith by sharing the gospel. The one that holds fewer biblical positions speeds up the return of Christ giving us less time to share the gospel with the world. We may not win the election, but we will stand for our Lord in our world!