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Where does faith fit in with politics?

It’s not what candidates believe, but that they believe in something, says N.T. McQueen, author of Between Lions and Lambs.

“With the presidential race well underway, candidates are already trading barbs about religion,” says McQueen. ”Mitt Romney is getting hassled for being a Mormon as his opponents posture about their Christianity, while some fringe commentators still rail on about how President Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim, as if any of that actually mattered.

N.T. McQueen

“Don’t get me wrong. I believe a candidate’s faith is very important and should be one of the criteria people use to decide who gets their vote. I just don’t believe it should matter which faith is in play.”

McQueen comes from a family of preachers and grew up attending several churches. He lives in Northern California with his wife and two children — and says “faith is not just about believing in God or a higher power, but in those select few elected by the people to act on our behalf in the governing of this country.

“Faith is about character,” he writes:

We must remember, as much as we use the term democracy to describe our system of government, it’s actually a republic. The people don’t make decisions on how they are governed. We elect others to do that for us. In doing so, it is in our best interests to do what we can to ensure that those officeholders are individuals of strong character.

That’s why it’s so easy for the legitimate debate about issues in this country to be derailed by the frequent morality play of scandal. Compromising pictures on Twitter, affairs with staffers, arrests for indecent public behavior and a side order of graft and corruption will always make the headlines. However, there is a reason for that, above and beyond the public’s fascination with the prurient and the lurid. That reason is character.

That is where I believe faith comes in. In short, I believe faith signifies trust. For those individuals seeking public office who profess faith in any higher power, the common conception is that they hold themselves to a higher moral standard, one of honesty, transparency, and veracity.

I believe faith is important for everyone and, as Americans, it is our responsibility to tolerate and accept the varied individual belief systems prevalent throughout our culture whether Christian, Hebrew, Hindu, Muslim, Agnostic, Mormon or any other. If faith results in a constancy of moral and ethical behavior, then faith should be a key component of a good candidate’s character.

However, as responsible citizens seeking elected office, their faith should be used only as a tool to promote their credibility, and not as a platform to preach condemnation. A candidate who sings the song “My God is better than your God” is misusing their professed faith. I use the qualifier “professed” faith, because it has been my experience that those who bellow about the superiority of their chosen faith are charlatans and lack the strength of character valued by the very faith they proclaim they possess.

This can sometimes make candidates wary of discussing their faith, but leaders should not be afraid of their spiritual beliefs. They should embrace them. They will gain more respect as people who hold steadfast to their beliefs than if they abandon their faith or misuse their faith for the sake of the ballot.



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D. Owens

posted November 16, 2011 at 6:54 pm


God’s will for us is for his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.



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Manny Marrero

posted November 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm


As a christian I will not vote for a candidate of a different religion. I hold steadfast to the bible teaching of honoring the one and only true God. What character will a person who worships false gods have, what is the fountain of his wisdom? It has to be false teachings because they don’t accept the bible as the word of God! Secular character, ethics and wisdom are measured differently in today’s society as described and promoted in the bible. 1st Corinthians 10:31 state that what ever we do, must be done for the Glory of God. How many non-christian politicians can affirm that what they do is for the Glory of God? The true God of the bible not a make believe man made deity?



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Nathan

posted November 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm


Would you call God a “charlatan” for proclaiming himself the one and only God. God created the world and everything in it. He makes the rules, and we must obey them. Our view of what God decrees is irrelevant. The church in America has forgotten the doctrine of God’s supreme power and preeminence. When you vote, you should only be conserned with what God thinks of your vote, not who you think has the most plausibility of winning. That is denying the power of God, by saying ” God is not powerful enough to put into office whom he wishes, so we must help Him out by voting for someone popular( who may or may not have any moral character at all). Yes, and I agree with Mr. Marrero how can someone who does not have the Spirit of God dwelling inside of him have strong character. I have friends who have been in politics and when the innevitable temptations came they compromised. Anyone who does not have the protection of the Holy Spirit will certainly compromise.



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T. Alex

posted December 11, 2011 at 10:27 pm


I come in a little late from the date of this article being written, but felt a strong compulsion to comment.I agree with Mr Marrrero 100%.If a man is asking the people of this Country to trust in him and allow him to be in charge of our great Country, then he should be of credible,honest and humble character.I can not think of any man achieving this without the spiritual guidance from the Holy Bible.I would love to see a Christian President in the White House but I think this is virtually impossible.When you think about the age we live in,and the prophetic truths that we are witnessing,I do not see a Christian leading this Country at this time. I would be so blessed if this was to happen.



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