The Oxford Dictionary defines a litmus test as “a test for acidity or alkalinity using litmus; a decisively indicative test.” Example: “Opposition to the nomination became a litmus test for political support of candidates.”
I assure you I did not make up that specific example. Is is the one used in the dictionary. Yet it is a perfect segue to this post.
What is your litmus test for your political candidate?
As a Christian, ideally the litmus test is God’s Holy Word. As a follower of Christ, I ask myself if the candidate I am supporting passes the litmus test of living God’s Word. Does my candidate have the moral qualifications to lead, encourage and build up America? Here are just a few questions I will ask before I vote.
Does my candidate speak the truth in love or tell lies?
16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
Therefore, each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbors for we are all members of one body.
How does my candidate treat the poor? Is my candidate loving or hateful toward a stranger?
“‘If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you.
Matthew 25: 35 and 40
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”40 “…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
It is clear. True followers of Christ in America need to read the litmus test and follow the leading of Holy Spirit. Granted, no one is perfect except God. That is why we must check the fruit of the Spirit in our candidate. This is the clearest litmus test of all. If your candidate cannot pass this test, you may want to consider voting for someone who aims higher. You may want to consider following Scripture rather than blindly swallowing spoon-fed commercials and false promises.
But, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.
Does your candidate pass the litmus test?
May God give us wisdom and light in this critical election.