This was done quickly, with limited research. I am not making a stance (though it wouldn’t be hard to figure out where I do stand) but simply laying out what I understand with the QUICKEST information possible. Every issue is deeper than I’ve even begun to mention below and every party has SO many people who align with them but may disagree. These are general, broad statements and assumptions. Not absolute truths for every single republican and democrat. (Anything in quotes under a party column was taken straight from the party’s website.)
Every single stance in the Bible column could be argued. Every single verse could be understood and interpreted differently. In fact, some of them are literally taken straight out of context. But I wanted to, as quickly as possible, try to explain why I put the Bible’s stance on that specific issue. Again, you may disagree. That’s okay. I have done more research than what you see below, but every single issue could be an entire blog post about what the Bible says or doesn’t say. MANY of the issues are not outrightly discussed in the Bible and must be assumed based on what we know of Jesus/the heart of God/what we are told.
I generally believe politics and religion should be separate and we should try not to vote based on religious beliefs/morals, as not everyone lives with the same beliefs. I also think politicians should not align themselves with a specific religion (separation of church and state) but, it’s inevitable that people will look at everything through the lens of their religion.
Also, let me say, I disagree with the two party system and hate the divide it causes. That being said, our country is a politically charged place and sometimes certain people expect people of certain religions to always vote with certain parties because it’s oddly accepted that one party is the “Christian” one (which doesn’t make sense to me but is a whole other blog post) and I wonder if that is actually the case.
This is not an argument that you should be a republican or a democrat. This is not an argument that the Bible is a republican or a democrat. This isn’t an argument at all. This is simply a chart to try and show a general outline of what the bible might say about specific issues. The end result is to see which party SEEMS to align more often with the Bible. You might find it’s not the one you expected.
So, when taking many different political issues into account, which party seems to align more with scripture?
|Criminal Justice Reform||“Along with diversion of first-time, nonviolent offenders to community sentencing, accountability courts, drug courts, veterans treatment courts, and guidance by faith-based institutions with proven track records of rehabilitation, our platform emphasized restorative justice to make the victim whole and put the offender on the right path.” Focus on rehabilitation. Mandatory incarceration.||“Whenever possible, Democrats will prioritize prevention and treatment over incarceration when tackling addiction and substance use disorder. We will build on effective models…that seek to give nonviolent offenders opportunities for rehabilitation as opposed to incarceration.” |
Focus on prevention. Against incarceration for non-violent, victimless crime (such as weed)
|Justice and Mercy.|
Romans 13 Isaiah 30:18 Matthew 5 Romans 12:19
|Death Penalty||Generally for it.||Generally against it.||Mercy/against it. Maybe. Exodus 21:12 and Matthew 5:38-39 seem to contradict each other. Generally, seems mercy and peace is chosen.|
|Guns||Uphold the right to bear arms.||Wants better gun laws and background checks.||Against. (peace) Matthew 26:52-54 Luke 22:36 Romans 12:19|
|Environmentalism||“Our air and waterways are much healthier than they were a few decades ago. As a nation, we have drastically reduced pollution, mainstreamed recycling, educated the public, and avoided ecological degradation.” Tends not to agree with climate change or claims there is not enough evidence backing it up. Prefers economically affordable solutions, rather than environmental sustaining solutions.||“As a nation, we need policies and investments that will keep America’s public lands public, strengthen protections for our natural and cultural resources, increase access to parks and public lands for all Americans, protect native species and wildlife, and harness the immense economic and social potential of our public lands and waters.” Sees climate change as an urgent threat that demands immediate action. Focused on clean energy sources, and not economics.||Protect the earth. Be a good steward of your belongings. Genesis 2:15 1 Corinthians 4:2 Numbers 35:33-34 Revelations 7:3|
|Foreign Relations||America first||Open to relationships and trade, but oppose agreements that hurt Americans and American jobs||Generally be selfless and kind to foreigners. Leviticus 19:33-34, 25:23 Matthew 25:35-40 Ephesians 2:17-20 2 Chronicles 6:32-33 Hebrews 13:2, Jeremiah 22:3|
|Drugs||War on drugs to continue as currently working.||Make reforms to treat the disease (offer clean needles, etc.)||Against substance abuse, for taking care of the sick.|
|Affirmative action||Generally against||Generally for||Generally for (maybe. Not fully discussed.) Acts 6:1-7|
|Sexism/equal pay||Generally believes equal pay is already a thing/sexism isn’t||Generally believes equal pay is not a thing and sexism is still a problem||Against sexism. For equality. Jesus was a feminist. Galatians 3:26-28 1 Corinthians 11:11|
|Homelessness||Focus on veteran homelessness, not general.||Fair housing laws and regulations for all.||Help the homeless. Proverbs 19:17 Matthew 25 Isaiah 58:7 Deut. 15:11|
|Immigration||“In an age of terrorism, drug cartels, human trafficking, and criminal gangs, the presence of millions of unidentified individuals in this country poses grave risks to the safety and sovereignty of the United States. Our highest priority, therefore, is to secure our borders and all ports of entry and to enforce our immigration laws.” Secure borders. Do not easily accept immigrants.||“The Democratic Party supports legal immigration, within reasonable limits, that meets the needs of families, communities, and the economy… People should come to the United States with visas and not through smugglers. Fix system that “tears families apart” and create a path for immigrants to receive citizenship.||Generally be selfless and kind to foreigners. 3 John 5-6 Leviticus 19:33-34, 25:23 Matthew 25:35-40 Ephesians 2:17-20 2 Chronicles 6:32-33, 29:14-16 Hebrews 13:2 Jeremiah 22:3|
|Health Care||For local, private coverage. Repeal Obamacare.||Believes health care is a right, not a privilege. For public coverage.||Help the six and poor. Deut. 15 Matt. 8:14, Mark 1:40-45 James 1:27 1 John 3:17|
|Racism||All Lives Matter and generally disagrees with BLM movement. Doesn’t see racism as a problem in America.||“We will push for a societal transformation to make it clear that black lives matter and there is no place for racism in our country.”||Against racism Galatians 3:28 John 4; Luke 10 Ephesians 2:14 Revelation 7:9|
|Education||Believes Federal government should not be involved in education costs.||More accessible education and debt free college opportunities.||Positive view on education; help the poor Luke 2:52 Proverbs 19:17|
|Labor||Federal government should not be involved in labor costs.||Minimum wage should be $15 an hour.||Pay fair wages Romans 4:4 James 5:4 Jeremiah 22:13 Romans 13:17 (also taxes)|
|Marriage||Traditional marriage, against the rights of LGBT to marry.||Pro-equality, the rights of LGBT to marry.||Generally agreed against|