This election, the faith of candidates seems to be an especially important issue. For Christians, the faith and values of a potential future president is of particularly high importance.
The Christian Post reports that the conservative group American Christian Voting Guide has recently ranked the current Republican and Democratic candidates on their qualifications for president, based on their faith and Christian values.
According to Steven Andrew, pastor of USA Christian Church and the one who compiled the list of qualifications, Mike Huckabee is the only presidential candidate to receive an “A.” Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders all received an “F.”
The qualifications were based on five Biblical standards.
- Is the candidate a Christian who fears God?
- Has the candidate called for religious liberty?
- Does the candidate insist we have God-given rights?
- Is the candidate truthful?
- Does the candidate hate covetousness?
Andrew also provided Bible references to back up the qualifications.
"It is time to please God; we must repent of voting based on how much money one raises or popularity. Those things can't make the USA great. However, God will restore His blessings for choosing the strongest Christian after His own heart for president. Mike Huckabee is the closest to a King David running. David did God's will for the nation and God blessed Israel greatly," Andrew said.
Most of the candidates claim to be people of faith, although some critics believe their claims are doubtful, or merely political moves, such as Trump’s meeting with evangelical leaders whom Russell Moore said most evangelicals would call heretics.
The next republican debate is set to take place on Oct. 28, while the next democratic debate is set to take place Nov. 6.
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Publication date: October 21, 2015
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.