January 9, 2008
Recently an online friend wrote me and asked the following:
“Just out of curiosity, who do you like? Personally, I can’t and won’t bring myself to vote for Giuliani, Romney, Huckabee, or, unfortunately, Ron Paul either. While I do really like Ron Paul’s consistent constitutional stand, I think he’s flat-out wrong on MANY issues (not the least of which is his position on the war). Nonetheless, at least he didn’t flip-flop and vote FOR it, then go back and try to say he never supported it. I guess when it comes down to it, I’ll go with my dad and say, ‘If there isn’t anyone on the ballot worth voting for, let’s go fishing!'”
I responded by relating to her the following:
“If you are a Christian you have to look at the politician that would best bring about a good society for everyone involved. They may not be ‘Christian’ or completely hold to Christian ideals, but you have to support those who would best protect our individual freedoms. I know many will say, “Well then you should vote for Mitt Romney, if he is the nominee.” However, there are times when a person must take a stand on his religion, and how that religion has made his character. Christians are not to openly support someone who proclaims a religion that claims Christ, but is a complete heresy and antithesis to who Jesus is and the Biblical message of the gospel.
While no politician is perfect, because we are sinners until we are saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, Christians have to live in the world and follow their faith the best they can. Including in how they vote. This election year, so far, has been more difficult simply because of Mitt Romney running. Like it or not, he has brought to the forefront why Christians are to be active in politics and are to vote their convictions as best they can.”
Folks, I have come to realize there are those who spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out just who God would want them to support as President. And while I do believe, if you are a Christian, you should pray and ask for guidance — do not get caught up in the arena of political secularism and use or blame God as a means to support your choice! Here is what I mean: Whoever is nominated or elected will be part of God’s perfect plan whether they want to be or not. Certainly believers should follow the dictates of their faith and try to vote for the best possible person they can. However, never forget that this is only temporary and there is no “perfect” candidate. If you are looking for one, you will be continually disappointed and will become frustrated. (Believe me I know.)
Until Christians can run a candidate that is truly “Christian” this will always be the case. Remember, people are imperfect at best. While I have problems with all of the candidates, I only know of one I will never support. The others I could vote for because they hold for us as a nation and as believers the ability to be heard and to be able to change people’s minds. One man will not change people’s hearts, only one man could and they crucified Him. Even our current President, who has been the closest man of Christian conviction we have had in the Oval Office in many years, could not bring about the change we all longed for. Why? We have three branches of government, not just one. And, whether we like it or not, we live in a secular society. If Christians want change then they need to get up off their behinds and begin to bring it about not through whom they vote for, but who they witness to. When was the last time you witnessed to the lost?
Lasting change will only occur when the Man of Change, Jesus Christ enters into the human heart. Perhaps we have forgotten that our greatest concern is not to be with who will be elected into office, but who is elected into the kingdom of God: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
Even Jesus’ disciples got caught up in the secularism of the world around them and were excited about the power and prestige that came with healing people instead of what the main thing was. Jesus had to remind them, “However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” And isn’t that what we are to be most concerned about?
This week and from now until election time, I challenge you to witness to others about Jesus as much as you concern yourself with the election and you will find greater things to concern your heart. Instead of asking, “Who will I vote for?” why not ask “With whom do You Lord want me to share Jesus with today?”
Just a personal reminder to myself and others…
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