Today, we are holding a primary. I heard on the news that only 30% of voters are expected to turnout. I find this number to be a bit disappointing.
This fall, I imagine that in youth group we'll have several conversations concerning the upcoming presidential election. I believe God is neither a democrat nor republican. I also believe that we, as voters and youth ministers, are called to have informed and guided public conversations that address the key issues of the day.
One resource that may foster such dialogue, “Christian Principles in an Election Year,” comes from the National Council of Churches. Founded in 1950, the National Council of Churches represents a wide variety of faith groups including more than 45 million individuals and over 100,000 congregations throughout the nation.
Designed to be non-partisan and ecumenical these ten principles state:
1. War is contrary to the will of God.
2. God calls us to live in communities shaped by peace and cooperation.
3. God created us for each other, and thus our security depends on the well being of our global neighbors.
4. God calls us to be advocates for those who are most vulnerable in our society.
5. Each human being is created in the image of God and is of infinite worth.
6. The earth belongs to God and is intrinsically good.
7. Christians have a Biblical mandate to welcome strangers.
8. Those who follow Christ are called to heal the sick.
9. Because of the transforming power of God’s grace, all humans are called to be in right relationship with each other.
10. Providing enriched learning environments for all of God’s children is a moral imperative.
Surely these principles will help us make educated decisions as we vote.