This verse is one of the many that guide my decision-making in how I vote and which candidates I support.
But it raises several questions:
1) What is righteousness?
2) Who determines what is right?
3) How much does it really matter?
Righteousness is the standard for determining what is right, and therefore, what is wrong.
Since God is the Holy Almighty Creator and Judge of all men, I would say He is best qualified to decide what is right and what is wrong. I'm going with His opinion!
It matters very much to Him, therefore it should matter very much to you!
And, righteousness also mattered very much to the Founding Fathers!
Following are several quotes from John Adams:
"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."
"Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company: I mean hell."
"The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity and humanity."
Virginian, Patrick Henry declared:
"The Bible… is a book worth more than all the other books that were ever printed."
"Righteousness alone can exalt [America] as a nation...Whoever thou art, remember this; and in thy sphere practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others."
"The great pillars of all government and of social life [are] virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible."
"This is all the inheritance I can give to my dear family. The religion of Christ can give them one which will make them rich indeed."
So, as I was holding baby Wendy Beasley this morning, I am marveling over such a miraculous result of God's handiwork and thinking, "I could never support or vote for a candidate who believed it is right to murder precious innocents in the womb."
Later, as I was thinking how much Barbara means to me and how much our marriage has blessed my life, "I could never support or vote for a candidate who isn't willing to define marriage exclusively as a union between one man and one woman. That just wouldn't be right."
The Bible declares it, the Founders affirmed it and I believe it - righteousness matters and I will live righteously and vote for a candidate who at least gets those two issues right!
Do the right thing today! Vote!