Loving my Neighbor from the Voting Booth: The Christian and the Social Contract
Leistekow, Timothy J.
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Modern, liberal democracy provides Christians with a unique position in the history of politics: regardless of age, economic status, religion, race, or gender, many in the world today are promised a vote. Voters, in addition to being governed by elected authorities, have the governing power to change those authorities. While the institutions of church and state ought to remain separate, religious belief and political conviction are often linked in the personal opinions of individual voters. In a situation such as American democracy, how will God’s people fulfill their role as the salt and light of the world in the voting booth? This thesis examines the promises of God regarding civil government as well as the promises of American democracy to show that the American Christian has the right and responsibility to vote in such a way as to provide a just, secure state with leaders that seek equality and fair representation for their neighbor. Such a responsibility requires critical thought from Christian voters regarding policies and candidates in light of the purpose and promises of civil government.