On a trip out of town this weekend I visited another church. There I heard the pastor pray that our leaders would rule according to the Bible. We hear that kind of talk often enough, and it vaguely feels like a good thing to pray, but I was wondering how that would specifically be done. Well, there are plenty issues raised in a presidential debate; how would the Bible be used to answer those questions? So, to facilitate this experiment, I’ve paraphrased the questions from last night’s presidential debate:
Will I be able to sufficiently support myself after graduation?
Should the Energy Department be responsible for lowering gas prices?
What is your position on mortgage, charitable, child, and education tax credits?
What about inequalities in the workplace regarding women’s pay?
What is the difference between you and Bush?
What have you done to earn my vote for 2012?
What do you plan on doing with immigrants without their green cards who are living as productive citizens in this country?
Did the State Department refuse extra security prior to the recent attack on the embassy in Benghazi?
What have you done to limit the availability of assault weapons?
What are your plans to bring back and keep jobs in the United States?
What is the biggest misperception the American people have about you?
Well, if you think the Bible answers these questions, please do share. But most of us are thinking the answers to these questions are based on political philosophy and various kinds of competence that are not tethered to a proof text. And if that’s the case, the talk in different circles about electing only Christian leaders, about preaching on whom we should vote, and about ruling according to the Bible are of debatable validity.