Elections


The Christian Citizenship Council equips the faith community to be active, informed citizens. We would suggest the following questions be asked of candidates for all public offices:

Qualifications Relating to Candidates Running for Public Office

Qualifications Relating to a Candidate’s Spiritual Condition:
  §  Are they a sincere, committed believer? (2 Cor 13:5)
  §  Do they have a clear, personal testimony relating to Jesus Christ? (Rom 10:9-13)
  §  Are they a faithful member in good standing of a Christ-honoring Church? (Heb 10:25)
  §  Are they accountable to the leadership within their church? (Heb 13:17)
  §  Do they routinely seek counsel from mature, godly men? (Prov 11:14)

Qualifications Relating to a Candidate’s Basic Decision Principles:
  §  Do they understand the Biblical roles of the family (Col 3:18-21), the church (Matt 5:13-16), and government? (Rom 13:1-7)
  §  Do they understand the need for strengthening of families as much as possible? (1 Tim 5:8)
  §  Do they understand the need for rightly defined and applied justice. (Psalm 82:3; Prov 21:3)
  §  Do they uphold and defend the sanctity of life from conception to its natural end? (Ex 20:13)
  §  Do they strongly encourage and support morality in all spheres of public and private life? (Eph 5:3-7)

Qualifications Relating to a Candidate’s Character:
  §  Would they meet the Biblical qualifications for Elder or Deacon?
  §  (1 Tim 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9; 1 Peter 5:1-3)
  §  Have they demonstrated personal responsibility and remorse (repentance) for any prior sinful actions, and understand why they were wrong? (Prov 12:1; 1 Cor 6:9-11)
  §  Do they appear to be double-minded? (James 4:7-8)
  §  Do they appear to be ambitious for power, or for serving? (James 3:13-18)
  §  Do others you respect openly support this person? (Prov 27:2)

Qualifications Relating to a Candidate’s Knowledge of the Position:
  §  Do they have related experience in a similar type of position? (Prov 22:29)
  §  Do they understand the issues and decisions they will face? (Luke 14:25-32)
  §  Is their previous voting record (if any) morally sound?  In not, is there a good understanding as to why? (1 Tim 3:10)
  §  Do they have the necessary ability to work with different types of people? (2 Tim 2:24-25; Col 4:5-6)