I am a Christian: An evangelical follower of Jesus Christ. I wanted to state that first off, before I went anywhere else with this post.
I try to make the bible my fence line, my plumb line for making decisions. That does not mean that I go into decisions blindly; I make reasoned decisions, but I still measure my decisions with what God has to say about issues. I really haven’t found a topic, or a decision, that I couldn’t make using scripture.
A professor in college gave the class a visual reminder of what following Christ looks like in our daily life. He said that when farmers are forming their rows and driving their tractors, they focus on a point in the distance rather than looking down. If they look down, they tend to veer off the path and not continue going in a straight line. But if they fix their eyes on one particular spot, they will stay straight. So, I fix my eyes on God and pray that my actions and decisions mostly reflect that.
So where it comes to voting in the upcoming election, I do measure my vote in line with what God has to say about where our country is at, and where He is at in regards to respect in this nation.
I must say that I was shocked and a bit disappointed when I read this headline tonight;
Apparently, Bill Keller, an internet preacher, is trying to convince Christians that voting for either presidential candidate is in essence a vote for Satan. According to Mr. Keller, “It is time for Christians, true followers of Jesus Christ, to rise up and say NO to satan this November! As I prophetically shared last November, if God allowed the upcoming election for President to be between President Obama and Mitt Romney, it would truly be satan flipping a two-headed coin with his head on both sides!”
I have some thoughts on his opinion. While I don’t necessarily see either candidate as Satan, I also do not see them as my Savior. I believe it would be catastrophic as a Christian to see any political or religious leader as a substitute for Jesus. What I would like is to see a politician do is stand for what made our country a great nation. To be the country that helps other countries in their time of need. A political leader that helps people develop and have the freedom to use the gifts and talents God has given to make our world a better place. To do what the men of the Black Robed Regiment did when this nation was founded.
The Black Robed Regiment was a group of American clergy that were vocal during the Founding Era. The British blamed them for American Independence and historians have said, “There is not a right asserted in the Declaration of Independence which had not been discussed by the New England clergy before 1763.”
But it was not just the British who saw the American pulpit as largely responsible for American independence and government, our own leaders agreed. For example, John Adams rejoiced that “the pulpits have thundered” and specifically identified several ministers as being among the “characters the most conspicuous, the most ardent, and influential” in the “awakening and a revival of American principles and feelings” that led to American independence. (Credit to Biblical Integrity and Teaching History)
Take Harvard’s original motto: ‘Truth for Christ and the Church.’ Princeton’s motto: ‘Under God’s power she flourishes.’ Yale’s motto: ‘Light and Truth.’ These institutions started out as Christian schools; as Harvard and Yale (originally Puritan) and Princeton (originally Presbyterian) once had rich Christian histories. Harvard was named after a Christian minister. Yale was started by clergymen, and Princeton’s first year of class was taught by Reverend Jonathan Dickinson.
That was then and this is today. Today is the constant shriek of ‘separation of church and state,’ that rings out any time a whiff of religion appears; usually a form of Judeo-Christian religion. Kids fear speaking out in class, wearing clothing with Christian graphics, or not following the dictates of the other classmates and teachers. Today we are told that we are evil and intolerant if we speak out on our beliefs.
There is an election tomorrow. The election is for a man to lead our country. Ultimately, I believe that God is in control of the election. Will He give us what we want, or what we need?
I know I am in the minority, but I don’t care what the president’s religion is. That’s not to say that I don’t want to; I would. But it seems to become impractical, and so, it’s as I said before, if we have a president that gives us the integrity as a nation, the encouragement and freedom to pursue our own dreams, and a man who listens to what Americans are saying, then as a Christian I can do what I want and need to do to spread the Gospel message in my little corner of the world. I want a president that upholds righteousness. I can’t shirk my responsibility and expect future generations to bear the cost.
As a commentator I read proclaimed, the biblical heroes would be looked upon with question today. David was an adulterer, Moses committed murder, and the list could go on. So that tells us that God has used people with what we would consider major flaws to do His will.
Also, crucial to remember is there are many more people on our ballots then just the president. There are congress choices, judges and even local government officials. What they believe is sometimes even more crucial than the president, as they are the ones making decisions for us on a daily basis.
The bible tells us to appoint judges who know the laws of God. We should be looking for politicians who uphold the value of unborn life. Do we know how officials on the ballots we will mark feel about public declaration of God? Have we done our due diligence?
I think it’s important to remember that God doesn’t always give us the victory immediately. We cannot look at one election as the measured sum of a long-term perspective. We cannot abstain because we don’t see a candidate that measures 100%.
What saddens me is that in an effort to placate a small percentage of the population, we went from our foundation as a nation, with people unafraid to speak truth and light, and swung as far away as we could to the other side, where nothing is tolerated in an effort to be tolerant. The irony does not escape me.
To those calling for riots if the election doesn’t go in their ‘direction,’ I ask them to stop and reflect on what you are asking for. Does this country need one more minute of divisiveness? Do we need any segment of our population to feel alienated and shamed for their decision, or their skin color, or their belief in God?
We need renewal and optimism to again spread across our country. We need to find a way to get together to work on issues that are truly important; caring for each other. There is real pain in this country, and we just saw it increase tenfold on the East Coast, where people are starving, cold and dying.
The country will only have leaders that reflect the values of those who voted for them. If we want our values represented and upheld, preserved for our children, then we must go out and vote ourselves.
I will leave you with these thoughts from people who fought for our rights long ago-
I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe. . . . Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter – from the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government – from their carelessness and negligence. – Daniel Webster
To God and posterity you are accountable. . . . Let not your children have reason to curse you for giving up those rights and prostrating those institutions which your fathers delivered to you. – Rev. Matthias Burnet (1803)
Who would Jesus vote for? I find that question almost laughable. He wouldn’t vote for anyone. He is already the king and He is already the Author and Creator. And He gives us the freedom as a nation to make choices that determine our course.
I stole the following Facebook post from a Christian radio DJ whose perspective I enjoy:
God’s ways are not our ways.
God laughs at the plans of our “powerful” men. God accomplishes His purposes through humble hearts. Jesus showed us our idea of real power is upside-down.
He’s not subtle when making this point. When the King entered the capital, he rode a donkey, and they didn’t get it. They mocked him.
God’s ways are not our ways, and the true, enduring, graceful, good King? He’s not up for election.
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. PROVERBS 14:34
When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan. Proverbs 29:2
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 ESV)