How I Vote

October 31, 2010 by Paul Chappell

Tuesday is election day—an opportunity for every American to choose the leaders of our country.

There are many complex issues today, and Americans have every reason to be concerned about the rising national debt, constitutional interpretation, and economic decisions. Our best choice for all areas may not be present in one candidate. How do we choose the most important issues as we vote?

At the risk of appearing to oversimplify, I’d like to share three ways I vote:

1. I vote for life.

Every unborn child is a person—one whom God has created and one who deserves the opportunity to live out his God-given purpose. Jeremiah 1:5 emphasizes the personhood of the unborn as God tells His prophet, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

2. I vote for Israel.

In the early pages of Scripture, God promised a special blessing to nations who support Israel and a definite curse to those who harm her. Genesis 12:3 says, “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

Scripture prophesies a day when Israel will be betrayed. I believe that the globalization of governments and economies is preparing for that day. Even so, I believe God’s Word is clear that God’s people should continue to support Israel. (I cover this more thoroughly in my book Understanding the Times, available through Striving Together Publications.)

3. I vote for the biblical family.

From creation, God built the home as the foundation of society (Genesis 1:27, 2:24; Ephesians 5:22–25, 6:1). Any politician who attempts to redefine the biblical foundation of a home and marriage is, in fact, chipping away at the bedrock of society.

For example, three years ago Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB777 into law. This allows schoolchildren to choose restrooms and locker rooms based on their feeling of sexual identity rather than their actual birth identity. Making decisions of this nature is like unleashing a jackhammer on the cornerstone of our homes, causing irreparable damage. (Incidentally, the fact that Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger signed this and other similar bills is reason that I would not vote for him again were he in this year’s gubernatorial election.)

The right to vote is a great freedom, and we should use our votes to preserve our society. Every Bible-honoring Christian should vote for the candidates whose beliefs most closely reflect Bible-based values, irrespective of the candidate’s party, race, or special interests.


  1. that’s great preacher

    Comment by Neil Hocker — October 31, 2010 @ 4:04 pm

  2. We are so thankful we have a pastor who stands for truth.
    Thank you for sharing this.

    Comment by Jennifer — November 1, 2010 @ 8:07 am

  3. Pastor, We thank God for having a Pastor and staff who stand for God’s truth! The Cones

    Comment by Keith and Vivian Cone — November 1, 2010 @ 8:47 am

  4. Pastor Chappell,

    I’m happy that I came to your blog first before deciding who I am going to vote for. I am so glad God brought me to Lancaster Baptist. I feel like there is no better place for me to grow as a Christian. Thank you.

    Comment by Ashley — November 1, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

  5. I’m so happy for the time we spent at Lancaster Baptist Church and having a Pastor that stands for the Word. We miss you all and love you.

    Comment by Willie & Shirley Wilson — November 20, 2010 @ 9:37 am

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