“Thou shalt not steal” Exodus 20:15
Stealing could be defined as taking money or possessions from another person for my benefit or the benefit of family, friend or close associate. Theft can be accomplished just as effectively with a ballot as it can with a gun.
A question to ask, “Is this proposition designed to take from one group to benefit another?” This differs from taxes which should be to bring together the public’s money for the common good.
“Thou shalt not covet” Exodus 20:17
Is this proposition the result of covetousness, the desire to have something that rightly belongs to someone else?
Do not accept bribes to pervert justice
You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.
That they may successfully do evil with both hands— The prince asks for gifts, The judge seeks a bribe, And the great man utters his evil desire; So they scheme together.
Does this proposition create, or maintain a situation where a person or group exerted inappropriate influence on government to distort laws in a way that benefits them?
According to scripture the primary purpose of government is to promote justice; that is to reward good and punish evil
1 Peter 2:13-14
13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.
Does this proposition promote justice? Does it encourage good and discourage evil?
According to scripture there are various authorities, each with their own areas of responsibilities: the Government, the Church, Business, Family and Individual.
Romans 13:1-7, Colossians 3:18-25, 1 Peter 2:13-14
The Government breaks down into many levels: Federal, State, County, and City. There are also various branches of Government: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. Under these we have various governing boards, agencies and bureaucracies.
Often we make the mistake dealing with an issue through the wrong authority. Ask the question, “Does this proposition use the right authority to handle this issue? Is this the proper role of government, or should this issue be dealt with through Churches, Businesses or the Home? Is this the proper branch of government or agency to be handling this issue?
According to scripture there are proper and improper methods for doing everything
An example of this would be that there are specific methods to worship God and to use other methods is unacceptable.
- Does this proposition use the proper method for dealing with this issue? For example should this be handled through a proposition or through a vote in the State Legislature?
- Are we creating a permanent solution to a temporary problem?
- Does the proposition call for a Constitutional Amendment when it should use a simple law?
Capital punishment is a scriptural principle
“Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.
Does this proposition follow a Biblical approach to crime and punishment or does it use some other method?
Scripture always views debt as negative. Debt is viewed as a form of bondage.
Does this proposition increase debt or create bondage?