Okay friends, if you can’t tell already this election is bothering me. But with that said this will be my last post on the subject.
I started writing this post the night of the second presidential debate (last week’s post was after the third). I feared if I waited until it was over, I’d compose some serious words I might need to edit out…that is, right after I threw something at the T.V.
I think everyone would agree this election cycle has been weird, bizarre, ridiculous at times, shameful, disgusting, embarrassing and all around crazy! That’s a given.
But because of the outrageous actions of both major party candidates I’ve heard people say they just won’t vote.
STOP. RIGHT. THERE.
If this is your thinking, you’re not only giving up your right and your privilege, you’re not fulfilling a responsibility.
And yes, I’m one of those people who say voting for a third party candidate is throwing your vote away. Factually and statistically this is true. Just saying.
I know, we wish the decision were a black and white one, neat and clean or a forgone conclusion in a feel good kind of way. We wish for the times when we felt honor, respect, and pride for our candidates.
But if you’re like me, you might be hoping you’ll wake up tomorrow and it will be November 9th and over!
All that to say, I’m glad I didn’t finish this post the same day I started because since then I’ve gained some new perspective.
Thank you Jesus!
Here’s what I’ve come up with as to why we should vote and how we can make a godly choice.
1. We (me) need to put a stop to tearing the candidates apart (they do enough of that all by themselves). Yes, they are flawed but so are you and I. God doesn’t place a hierarchy on our sin in regards to which sin makes us less holy. Neither should we. The candidates poor character should not be condoned but is a poor excuse not to vote.
Romans 3:23 says, “For All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
2. We owe it to the next generation (our children and our children’s children) to mark our ballots. It’s not just about us—what kind of country will we leave to them?
Psalm 102:18 says, “Let this be recorded for future generations, so that the people not yet born will praise the Lord.”
3. We should choose then the person whose policies line up closest with Biblical truths. If that seems a tad confusing consider what Franklin Graham said recently.
“The only hope for the United States is God. Our nation’s many sins have permeated our society, leading us to where we are today. But as Christians we can’t back down from our responsibility to remain engaged with the politics of our nation. On November 8th we will all have a choice to make. The two candidates have very different visions for America. The most important issue this election is the Supreme Court. That impacts everything. There’s no question, Trump and Clinton scandals might be news for the moment, but who they appoint to the Supreme Court will remake the fabric of our society for our children and our grandchildren for generations to come.”
I’ll admit there is a lot to consider, so much at stake. This year has felt a little scary to me.
But then I remember, even when I feel helpless, things are not hopeless because God is faithful even when we are not.
“Let us hold unwavering to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
So I urge us all to vote.
Proverbs 11:11 says, “The good influence of godly citizens causes a city to prosper” Proverbs 11:11 (LB)
Vote for America.
Vote with pride.
Vote with honor.
Vote with respect.
Vote for the next generation.
Vote without fear.
Because no matter who becomes president on November 8th,
JESUS IS STILL KING! AMEN.
If you agree, pass this on. People need to vote!
Looking forward, pressing on, seeking God, in every bump and twist in the road.