Voting

Election 2008: Voting All Your Values

"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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God is always on the side of the marginalized, the people who are the weakest and poorest. That includes the unborn and their mothers, but it also includes people who lack health insurance and folks who can’t find jobs in a global economy,” says Rich Nathan, pastor of Vineyard Church of Columbus, in Ohio.

Sojourners editor Jim Rice and assistant editor Jeannie Choi heard echoes of this sentiment as they spoke with evangelicals from Seattle to Boston about the issues they’re focused on this election season. What they found is that evangelicals, especially those in their 20s and 30s, are applying their faith in deeper ways to a wider set of issues. In particular, many are coming to understand the term “pro-life” more broadly—as having to do with the war in Iraq, for example, and the creation of just economic policies and adequate health care. In “The Meaning of ‘Life’” Rice and Choi go beyond the polls to bring you the voices of people who, like all of us, are grappling with how to vote their values in the upcoming election.

Telling the stories behind the headlines is also the theme of our special section on faith and fiction. In “Through the Laughter and the Tears,” Kimberly Burge profiles a Nigerian writer and Jesuit priest, Uwem Akpan, whose rich—and sometimes harrowing—stories you won’t soon forget. You’ll also find an interview with novelist and science-fiction writer Mary Doria Russell about how she approaches her work. That, plus our two compilations of intriguing books, should keep you busy—long after you’ve returned from the voting booth. —The Editors

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