The Common Good
November 2008

Election 2008: Voting All Your Values

by Sojourners | November 2008

A guide to the issues -- just in time for the elections.

"Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” — PROVERBS 31:9

Christians have a moral and civic responsibility to participate in the political life of society by prayerfully measuring the proposed policies of all candidates against Christian ethics and values. Our broad set of Christian values should inform our political decisions. While we must be careful about translating scripture directly into public policy positions, the following principles and suggested approaches on a range of issues provide a critical framework to shape our perspective on public policy and political leadership. We encourage you to use this guide to educate yourself on these issues. This can inform you as you write letters to candidates or to your local newspaper, call radio talk shows, and ask candidates at forums or town hall meetings questions based on these principles. Think and pray about whom you would entrust with the responsibility to lead your community, state, and nation. We pray that this provides a moral compass to inform prudential political judgments.

For a downloadable pdf version of the 2008 Voter Issues Guide, click here.

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