As Christians, How Should We Vote?
For the next few weeks I would like to share some thoughts about the upcoming election. You may wonder why I’m focusing on politics for the next few weeks. I’ve never been a pastor that senses a desire or a leading to speak about politics regularly from the pulpit. But this season seems very different to me for a number of reasons. I sense God's leading that I should be talking and praying about this election with my church family. I believe God has a plan and that plan includes all of us. Over the next few weeks we are going to consider five main points.
The first point: Intelligence
When you step into the voting booth, sometimes it seems easier to simply mark the Democratic or Republican ticket. Maybe abortion is a key issue for you, so you vote a party ticket that supports your convictions. Maybe social issues are important to you, so you vote a party ticket to support those concerns. It may be the way you’ve always voted. It may be simpler, but I don’t think it’s the most intelligent way to vote … especially in this current election. You may have voted against a candidate (instead of for) in previous presidential elections and now look at the two main candidates and wonder, “How can I vote against both of them and make my vote count?” There seems to be more uncertainty with this election than any other I can remember.
What does it mean to be intelligent with your vote? Here are some suggestions:
· Do your research: What issues matter to you the most? Research not just the presidential election, but state and local candidates also.
· Sift information to test and examine the candidates’ positions.
· Don’t rely solely on commercials, Facebook or main news sources.
· Seek help and input from people you trust - I found Franklin Graham’s website helpful. (https://decisionamericatour.com)
I read this quote recently and it encouraged me to think about the importance of being intelligent in voting:
“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.” (Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004).
I have heard from several people that they are so disillusioned with the presidential candidates that they are just not going to vote. I have heard others say, “Because we live in Illinois our vote doesn't matter as it’s such a Democratic party state.” By not voting, you are not being a wise steward of the opportunity God has given to you. Please understand that during the next few weeks, I won’t tell you who to vote for. I believe that is completely up to you. However, I do encourage you to vote based on the most intelligent choice and on your sense of God’s leading.
I’ll continue to develop these thoughts in the Spot of Grace over the next few weeks.
Keep praying and have a good week,