I’ve been covering Huckabee a lot in the past few days– and for good reason. Right now, my vote is his to lose. But there are things that could make me change my mind. The biggest problem that I have is that I believe that he believes that government is the answer to some problems that I think government should stay out of. Which got me thinking this morning– who would the Apostle Paul vote for if he were here in the U.S. in 2007.
For one thing, I’m not sure. We know that he enjoyed being a Roman citizen (something that he had to be by birth or purchased and we believe that Paul was the latter. We know that he knew the political system, and respected the authority as coming from God.
But that’s an “easy” position to take when the line of kings comes from birth or by military victory. It’s a different thing when it comes by the hand of the people (or is supposed to), and if you believe in free will, or that you will be accountable to God for the person you vote for– that makes it more sticky.
Samuel and Saul
Certainly Samuel and Saul would come to some Paul’s mind. Samuel had to go get a king at the people’s request, even though God said it was the wrong idea. Does this mean that it’s sometimes acceptable to take the best option available?
Or how about this one: Can God’s choice for President actually be the one we think is the one that least lines up with His will– simply because He has a purpose and wants to bring judgement? How do we know how to vote His will?
Prayer and the Spirit
I think that Paul would rely on prayer and the Spirit to make this decision– just like we would. I think that he would look for the candidate with the greatest potential to to not harm the Christians in the sharing of the Gospel. Most of all, I think that Paul would have so much to do in correcting so much of our theology that he’d be pretty busy preaching the Word to get involved in the election!
What do you think?