Southern Evangelical Seminary President Richard Land: Elections and Economic Ideas Have Consequences
Evangelical Leader Points to New Poll on How Americans Feel About Both the Present and the Future
February 25, 2020
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—With democratic presidential debates making headlines, and with Super Tuesday just around the corner for 14 states on March 3, Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) President and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land says Christians must begin thinking about their important 2020 vote, as well as acknowledge that elections have consequences.
“Election season is upon us,” Land said in a recent installment of his daily radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive.” “Before we know it, we’ll be watching the Republican and Democratic National Conventions this summer, and then the General Election will be in full swing until the National Election on the first Tuesday in November. It will be a spirited campaign, and God alone knows who will be the ultimate victor.”
A new Gallup poll furnished some interesting insights leading up to election season, Land noted.
“When asked the question, ‘Are you better off now than you were three years ago?’ 61% of Americans said yes,” he said. “Only 36% said no. Also, just over 70% said they believe they would be better off next year than they are today. This contrasts sharply with President Barack Obama’s first-term performance. In 2012, when President Obama was running for a second term, only 45% of Americans said they were better off than they were three years ago, and 52% said they were worse off. Yet President Obama won a second term. So economic factors, so-called ‘pocketbook issues,’ while important, are not always determinative in a presidential election.
“Currently, 29% of American voters say the economy is the primary issue when it comes to this election,” Land continued, “followed by health care at 26%, immigration at 14%, gun policy 13%, education 10% and terrorism 5%. But Americans must remember that good economic ideas have good consequences, and bad economic ideas have bad consequences. May God give the American people the discernment to make the right choice at the ballot box this November. This will be an extremely consequential election for many, many, many reasons.”
At SES, students delve into classroom discussions about the consequences of elections and the impact of Christians engaging in public policy through its relatively new “Philosophy, Politics and Economics” program. Offered primarily at just a few top-tier universities around the world, the PPE program introduces students to a Christian perspective of how philosophy, politics and economics intersect, focusing on the works of Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Karl Marx, Thomas Aquinas, Robert Sirico, Jay Richards and others.
SES is also in the midst of its winter module of courses, which includes classes that help Christians be prepared to proclaim the Gospel, engage the culture and defend the truth. Courses are offered in a variety of formats, from on-campus to online to live-streaming. For information about enrolling or about upcoming courses, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To interview Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary, contact Hamilton Strategies, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or ext. 102.