When Voting Hurts

Voting is a great privilege.  Voting is, historically, a rare honor.  It is the type of privilege we should appreciate enough to do it and honor enough to do it as wisely and thoughtfully as possible.  No matter your race, gender, or background there are many who willingly gave their life to give you a voice in your government.  Do not dishonor their sacrifice with silence.  I also hope minorities and women will take this privilege seriously.  Your right to vote came more slowly than others.  It was won not only by battles and wars fought by armies, but by those who willingly faced ridicule, persecution, and hatred to call out the inequality and discrimination within their own nation.  Tomorrow might carry a difficult decision for all of us, but privilege is much greater than the burden.

This election cycle has left this nation exhausted, divided, and fearful.  The online and  media banter speaks volumes about the deplorable reality of this election.  We all see and hear 100x more comments and thoughts on the two major party candidates in this election than we desire, yet no one speaks about what is good.  No one is making intelligent and thoughtful presentations about the incredible future that is found under either candidate’s leadership.  We simply hear a continuous line of hatred and disgust people feel toward the other party’s candidate.

In light of the spirit, volume, tenor, and reality of this election, I thought it would be wise to share some Biblical advice with those who hold a Christian worldview.  I believe this advice is good for everyone, but because it is Biblical, I believe these are truths a believer must wrestle with if they desire to honor the Lord “in all they do.”  (Including voting.)

I hope these truths help you to not “be deceived.”  Deception is when we see something one way and believe it to be so, even though it is not.  Eve saw the fruit on the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and saw that it was “good for food” and “desirable,” but it brought death.  She was deceived.

Truth #1 – Your ‘Yes’ is your ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ is your ‘No’ – even when you are alone in an election booth and no one else knows.

“Let what you say simply by ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil!”  Matthew 5:37

Do not deceive yourself into the lie that a “yes” is a “no.”  A vote for a candidate is not a vote against another.  You are voicing your support of that person as president.  Now your reasoning for that might include the need for our country to not have the other major party candidate win, but do not be deceived into believing that your “yes” is a “no.”

If you do not believe that you can actually say “yes” to either major party candidate – and that should be difficult for any Christ-follower – then you might ought to consider a candidate further down the ballot.  You would be better off to vote with Christ-honoring integrity than in party-honoring deception.

You are not saying “no” when you vote, you are saying “yes” like it or not.  So you better find a “yes” by tomorrow.  You are voting for a person to be President, not a platform.

Truth #2 – Evil wins every time evil wins.

“Don not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Romans 12:21

Evil will never be overcome by the lesser version of itself.  When you vote for the lesser of two evils, you knowingly and willingly vote for evil.  Dig deeper than what people say is wrong and find what is good.

Truth #3 – Be willing to lose…now.

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”  John 18:18

If you find yourself standing with the majority of our world on moral and political issues, you are probably not standing with Jesus.  The world does not stand for what He stands for.

Stop expecting people who live by Biblical principles to win.  Stop expecting people whose policies support the truths found in God’s Word to win popular votes.  I realize it has happened in the past, but more and more our culture is against Christ.

Believers who find themselves among the vogue and popular points of view in politics ought to go and read their Bible on those issues more thoroughly before they celebrate their victories here on Earth.

Truth #4 – Always vote for Life.

“I have come that you might have life…”  John 10:10

Life matters to God.  Very much.  Every life.  Every color.  Every person.  Life Matters!

Abortion does not honor Jesus because it does not honor life – and He is the Creator of life.  Life is his to give and his to take away.  The sanctity of life, however must be honored beyond the womb, too.  If the candidate you support does not also have a compassionate and Christ-honoring view toward the “least of these” in our society, then their view on life does not honor Jesus either.  The lives of the least of these are honored when we care about those in poverty, work to rebuild those who are behind bars, and serve those who are disenfranchised.  Lives matter no matter their color, race, or background.

If every life does not matter to you then no life matters to you.

Truth #5 – Do not follow fear.

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”  Romans 8:15

Fear cannot be your motivation.  Jesus is not up for election, so you – ultimately – have nothing to fear.  The Lord will reign sovereign on Wednesday, November 9 just like he does today.

Do not follow fear into the election booth…follow Jesus.

Here is my challenge for Election Day.

Pray…Fast…Vote

Pray and fast Tuesday…and vote.  Take your place before the Lord and your place in our nation.

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