Head To The Polls
What does it mean to vote the Bible? I’m asking because election day is right around the corner and soon and very soon, we will head to the polls to cast our vote for the 45th President of the United States. I’m also asking because as I listen to Christian radio and watch Christian programming, “Vote the Bible” is something I hear often.
Preserves Life And The Union Of Marriage
Yesterday, I posed the question to Twitter and the reply that made the most sense was, “Vote for the candidate with Christian values.” I’ve heard that in the past. When we speak of Christian values, what values are we speaking of specifically? For most, it comes down to the values around marriage and abortion. Vote the Bible to many evangelicals means voting for the candidate who preserves life and preserves the union of marriage between one man and one woman. It extends to other areas but these two are usually at the forefront of the conversation.
I Didn’t Say I Agree With Him
If we look at the candidates, it’s safe to say Trump is where evangelicals want Christians to cast their vote. He stands for marriage between one man and one woman. He wants to change current abortion laws. He also stands with Israel; another major point for evangelicals. That might be difficult to do in light of his behavior overall and recent derogatory comments about women. You know what, I like Trump and I’m gonna tell you why. Hold off on throwing shoes at me and closing the browser. Remember, I said I like Trump. I didn’t say I agree with Trump.
Poised And Pulled Together
Actually, let me clarify this even further; I like how Trump chooses to show up and present himself in the Presidential race. He could’ve shown up all poised and pulled together saying what we want to hear the way we want to hear it. He could’ve hired a Media Coach and Etiquette specialist to tune him up but instead, he showed up as the brazen and brash, roaring and ridiculous man we know him to be. He chose to show up as who he is whether we like it or not. Christianity Today, a prominent evangelical magazine says, “Trump is the very embodiment of what the Bible calls a fool.”
Trump says it like it is even if nothing he says is true or makes sense. He has no filter whatsoever and I don’t think he wants one. We know exactly what we are getting with Trump. What he said about grabbing women by the genitals is crazy and 100% unacceptable! Of course, some women will let him get away with it because he is a celebrity and she has an agenda. Doesn’t make It right but it happens. He knows it happens which is why he said it!
You Can’t Trust That Kind Of Person
My doctor and I were talking about the recent debate, Trumps’ comments, and the overall Presidential race and she said, “I don’t like her, Hillary. I don’t trust her. She shows no emotion. She’s always in her head, performing with that phony smile plastered on her face. You can’t trust that kind of person! I don’t know who she is or what she’s really like behind closed doors! She says what you want to hear.”
Show Me The Real You
Others feel the same. Many have flat out called Hillary a liar. I remember talking to a group of students about the upcoming election and one student adamantly said, “She’s a liar! I’m not voting for her! He continued to say that if she were elected, she’d be the first female President to be assassinated.” Listen, I am not defending Trump on any day of the week that ends in Y however, I prefer to know exactly where you stand. I don’t do well with pretenders. I don’t do well with people who are ambiguous in their way of being. Show me the real you. No matter how we feel about Trump, he has shown us exactly who he is and we ought to believe him.
Chaos, Confusion, And Conflict
With that said, is it enough to stand for Christian values yet not show Christian values? A core Christian value that comes to mind is living at peace with others. Matthew 5:9 says, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” A huge part of being a peacemaker is not offending others. Neither candidate as far as I can see has been a good example of Christian values. Each candidate has offended the other repeatedly and as a result, this political race is filled with chaos, confusion, and conflict.
Jesus Is Still On The Throne
Here’s how I plan to Vote the Bible; by using wisdom as Proverbs instructs. We need wisdom like we’ve never needed it before. I plan to let Proverbs 3:5, 6 be my guide. I plan to continue to pray for insight, discernment, and clarity of mind. I plan to obey God and listen to his instructions as his Holy Spirit leads me when I vote. When all is said and done, no matter who the next President is, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is still on the throne and he has the final say on everything. He can use anyone to turn this country around. He has all the power, not man and that is where my ultimate vote rests.
Something to think about…
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