Conrad Mbewe has assembled a collection of Reformed pastors to offer opinions. My 'home' pastor in Ndola "Kabwe Kabwe" has this to say :
Voting is all about making choices, sad to say that some people decide on a candidate when they are in the booth and not before the day of elections. The question on who to vote for in this year’s elections, reminds me of the vital question, “How would Jesus vote if He was among us? Ram Gidoomal a Christian British businessman stood for Mayor of London in 2000 and failed to go through, he then wrote a reflective book entitled ‘How would Jesus vote?’ Let me paraphrase some of Gidoomal’s reflections on what to look for in our national leaders in this year’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections. Basically, there are six areas in which we should probe our candidates:
1. How committed are they with issues of social justice, i.e. the injustice and inequality in our society?2. Issues of respect for human life. Do they respect the sanctity of life and the rest of God’s creation?3. Are they committed to peace building? How do they handle conflict?4. Issues of compassion. Are they broken by the levels of poverty and underdevelopment of our communities? Is there any discontentment in them when they see the dehumanizing results of structural sins of selfishness in society?5. Issues of stewardship. Can we entrust and trust them with the country’s resources and are they accountable?6. Do they exhibit any professional capacity to bring about empowerment to free people and the nation from archaic living conditions?
All politicians make promises. However, it is important before we consider the promise that we look at the person making the promises. We need to know as much about that candidate as we can and then look at the policy being promised. Can s/he translate it into action?
I couldn't agree more! I would put number 4 on the top of the list! You can read the rest of the contributions here.