Should You Vote

It is a grave danger we do our citizens–our country when we insist on their votes without proper information. The first time I voted, I was unsure. Actually, the first time I was legally able to vote, I chose not to. Yet, the second time around, I felt the same. Who would run this country best? Who would honor God the most? Who was not the anti-christ? (I know I’m not the only one.) So what did I do? I forfeited my vote for that of another. I sought a man who seemed knowledgeable in politics, a Christian and my friend and asked who he was voting for. Sounded good, so I followed suit. What I didn’t know was all the other candidates I would vote for.

What did I do, then?

I looked at the name and chose based on how it sounded. Hmm….”That sounds like a black person.” “That person sounds smart.” “Ooh, I think I’ve heard that name before!”

Not realizing, these would be the people whose decisions affect my life and the lives of my loved ones.

So, today, I say vote and I also say don’t vote.

Don’t you know all your ancestors went through for you to be able to vote?

Yes. My ancestors and my people were denied the right, and therefore even choice to vote. If I never voted a day in my life, I would have still fought that battle. I’m grateful my ancestors gave me the choice. They gave me equal footing in a system that ignored them. With wisdom I will exercise this privilege. I can only imagine they would be more disgusted having fought their battles for people to vote simply to post a sticker stating they voted, yet to have no knowledge regarding those they elected. I’m grateful they fought for the right and not the requirement.

I think my people have failed me. We’ve harped on the presidential candidates and failed to address the the others who are just as, if not, more important.

But, aren’t you a Christian? This is your duty.

Yes, I am a Christian. Duty it is not. My duty is to My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.

Colossians 3:23-25

For some, voting is an easy choice. For others, there’s no peace with the decision to do so. To God be the glory that one man’s conviction is not a sin for another. In Romans 14, Scripture warns against doing things that do not proceed from faith. In the same passage, Scripture also warns against passing judgement against those who make choices differently from yours.

10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.

Romans 14:10

And although this passage references idol worship, I see its ramifications in society now. We are destroying one another and the work of God over individuals right to choose. The right to choose to vote or not to vote. The right to be democratic or republican. May whatever you do and whomever party you hold to, may you stand with confidence in God of your actions.

22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

Romans 14: 22-23

So this November 3, 2020, whether I vote or not is between me and God (Actually, it’s not. Anyone can look up your voting history.) But, without a doubt, my decision to vote or not will come from faith, seeking of information and be exercised using the knowledge and wisdom given by my Father. I pray yours is as well. I pray that just as much as you urge those to vote, you urge them to vote informed. I pray that just as eager you are for people to exercise their right to vote, you let them exercise their right to not vote. Lastly, I pray that you cast no judgement on those who choose differently from you and make this about the Kingdom and not about the polls.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Proverbs 4:7

Until Heaven or Sooner,

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