Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries. As an educator and entrepreneur, Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder, Dr. James Dobson, referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational leader.” Evangelist, Josh McDowell, called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.” Dr Jeff Myers talks about what to focus on when selecting a candidate.
Through his speaking engagements and media appearances, Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He is the author of 14 books, including Understanding the Faith, Understanding the Times,and Understanding the Culture textbooks which are studied by tens of thousands of students. Dr. Myers holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Denver. He continues to engage college students and adult learners by serving as a trustee of Colorado Christian University and through a Signature Leadership Course offered by the Lumerit Corporation, which serves the training needs of many Fortune 100 companies. Jeff and his wife Stephanie and their family live in Colorado.
John Piper, Phil Vischer, Frank Turek and other big Christian voices have been clashing over who Christians should vote for on Tuesday. Dr. Jeff Myers of Summit Ministries says this is BACKWARDS, a Biblical Worldview teaches Christians to start with principles first, then policies, then personality last.
The question is, “What kind of America do we want?” On Tuesday November 2nd 2020, the world will know the answer to that question. Dr. Jeff Myers says that one thing is certain: “The younger generation is arriving at a very different answer. For evangelicals like me, this is a cause for alarm. Polls show that a permanent anti-religious, socialist majority through the vehicle of the Democratic Party is emerging in the United States, a majority that will be dominant by 2024, and locked in place by 2030. My fellow evangelicals are so focused on winning this election, they don’t realize that the data shows we’ve already lost all elections after this one… We need to think long term. This means investing in training young adults in a biblical worldview.”
Faith Filled Family Magazine is thrilled to present this interview with Dr. Jeff Myers, as he gives us his inside look at the 2020 election. He also gives readers an inside look at how we can embrace the election from a biblical worldview.
What should we look for?
Faith Filled Family Magazine: How does a Biblical worldview show you how to approach voting?
Dr. Jeff Myers: “A biblically-informed voter recognizes that God exists and there is such a thing as right and wrong. I ask questions like, “Does this candidate uphold the value of human life?” “Does this candidate help families thrive rather than taking over the role of family?” “Will the candidate respect the freedom of speech and religion?” “Does this candidate promote economic policies that free people to work hard, become self-supporting, and generous?”
Faith Filled Family Magazine: How does a Biblical worldview teach you to engage on the three levels of politics: principles, policy and personality?
Dr. Jeff Myers: “A biblical worldview moves from principles, to policies, to personality—not the other way around. First, our founders started by lifting up principles derived from Scripture, such as “all are created equal.” While they did not live up to this principle completely, for example with slavery, they made history by forming the kind of government that would empower people to move toward a more just society.
Second, they developed policies that made sense from a biblical worldview, such as creating a separation of powers to account for the sinful nature of humanity. Third, with good principles and policies, they were able to work together despite massive personality differences.
Today, people go about the process exactly backward. They start with personalities: “That guy’s personality turns me off.” This creates a whiplash approach to policy: “I hate that guy, so whatever he is for I am against.” This way of thinking can never uphold our founding principles. Government becomes a way of gaining power so you can make people do what you want.”
Faith Filled Family Magazine: How does a Biblical worldview show you what qualities to look for in candidates?
Dr. Jeff Myers: “Three words. Lessen. Limits. Local. I am looking for the following characteristics: (1) is this a person who lessens evil, protecting vulnerable populations and creating economic opportunity for the less fortunate?” (2) does this person respect the limits of government? Government doesn’t grant rights—it merely secures them. A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have. (3) does this person encourage people to solve their own local problems or does it take those decisions out of their hands and grow the power of a far-off capital?”
Faith Filled Family Magazine: What can we do to keep a biblical worldview as an important issue, in this upcoming election and in future elections?
Dr. Jeff Myers: “A worldview is a pattern of ideas. If we start with the reality of God, then we will understand the reality of the world we live in—the goodness of creation, the fallenness of humans, and the possibility of redemption. This helps us see that right and wrong are not a matter of personal preference but a reflection of God’s nature and character. We are made in God’s image, and we must use that power to give families the freedom to flourish, protect religious freedom, form just laws, and ensure that government to serve the people rather than itself.”
Faith Filled Family Magazine: What can be done to help others see this election from a biblical standpoint instead of a worldly standpoint?
Dr. Jeff Myers: “Help people see that what you believe about God affects what you believe about everything else. Ask about people’s political principles and where they come from. Two handy questions are, “What do you mean by that?” and “How do you know that is true?” regarding a candidate. Ignorance is not bliss. To be a good citizen, you have to be deeply informed about what kinds of policies promote freedom and flourishing and what kinds of policies try to create revolution in pursuit of an earthly utopia.”
Faith Filled Family Magazine would like to thank Dr. Jeff Myers for giving us an inside look at the 2020 election through a biblical worldview. We would also like to thank Dr. Jeff Myer’s publicist Mathew Faraci for facilitating this interview. We hope that through this interview, people gain more knowledge on approaching future elections with a biblical world view.