On The Election



I believe some of you follow me on Twitter, so it will be no surprise to you that I am pretty into politics.  I typically find the whole thing exciting and interesting, and I love to analyze.  My love for following the political process has eroded some over the past week though.  I think it is starting to get frustrating or overwhelming for a lot of us.

I had written this in a different way when I first published this post, but I'm trying agin because I don't think I explained myself very well the first time.  Right now I see a lot of argument among the Christian community about whether it is morally right or wrong to vote for Trump.  I don't know what each person's specific reasons are for wanting to avoid voting for Trump, and God knows everyone's heart, but I did want to just share where I am coming from on the matter, to possibly encourage those who may need it.  The thing that I am remembering this election is that I do believe we hold some responsibility for what happens to the country as a result of how we did or didn't use our vote.

The thing is, even a choice not to act has consequences.  And as Christians, if the country becomes completely godless because of the church's inaction, do you think we will be rewarded for that?  Do you think we can escape responsibility?  I don't believe we can.  Unless we are actively fighting against evil, we are complicit in it.  When God judges our nation by giving us over to our own choices, don't we have some part in that judgement, in bringing the nation to this place by doing nothing when we might have tried to prevent it but remained silent?  Our hands will not be clean.  

I have to choose, I have to take a stand for, or against, one of the two inevitable directions the country will go, because I don't think as a part of this nation we will escape moral responsibility before God for what we may have allowed.

All of that, believe it or not, was an introduction to an article that I REALLY want my brothers and sisters in Christ to read, especially if you are on the fence.  Eric Metaxas is such a good writer, and says everything much better than I can.  He expressed my feeling about the whole sorry thing so perfectly.  Please read here:

"Should Christians Vote For Donald Trump?"

(Some people seem to be having trouble with the link, so I linked to a Tweet wth the link instead because clicking through that way seems to work.Click through my tweet here.Oh, technology.

And just to end with two things that I think we will all agree on as sisters in Christ - first, when we stand before God's throne someday, those of us who believe in Jesus's sacrifice for us on the cross will have HIS righteousness - and that covers any way we may get it wrong in this election too.  And second, no matter who wins next month, God will always be sovereign over what happens, and that will always give me comfort.


You may also like:
"B" said...

That saying that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, that pertains to politics today as well, because some of my priorities in voting for the next president are not someone else's. Needless to say I can still be friends with those that are not voting the same way I am, even be married to someone. I would consider myself quite knowledgable in the political arena and while yes the president does hold power, they do not hold ALL the power. I encourage those who are not thrilled with our presidential choices to vote for the senators and house representatives since they make just as much of an impact on our future as the President does. Vote vote vote, this is the only way our voices will be heard. :)

The Clem Family said...

Our church had a sermon a few weeks ago that helped calm my fears about the upcoming election. Either way you are voting, they say that God laid out the idea of government in the Bible and it is our duty as Christians to vote. I too worry about what the future in our country will look like for our kids, but am trying to put my energy into prayer instead of worrying.

https://prestontrail.org/messages/the-election

Callie said...

Thank you! I will check it out! Always appreciate getting done biblical encouragement during this season. :-)

Callie said...

I certainly know what you are saying, and this post is definitely directed at fellow Christian conservatives who may be on the fence. I know not all my readers fall into that camp, but it doesn't bother me if it doesn't bother you! I agree, the President isn't supposed to have all the power - but the thing is, in this election, they kind of do. The Supreme Court is no longer just the "judicial branch", determining what's legal or not, they are actively changing laws from the bench, and I don't expect them to stop it anytime soon. The way they are acting, they have more power in the direction of the country than the other two branches...and this next president will likely appoint as many as FIVE judges. That is HUGE, and will change our country for better or worse for the next 50 years, and the policies they make (even though that's not what they are supposed to be doing, but they do make policies now) will reverberate beyond that. It's serious. This election is for all the marbles.

Gina babybluemom.com said...

My husband's family are highly involved in politics and serve in our assembly. Originally, I too was in the "I won't vote then" group but I have recently changed my mind. The thing that bothers me the most is that we as Americans think that these two are the "best" we have to offer as a President. Being a all boy mom I feel like with all the war going on in the world I am now more than ever concerned with politics and the state of our future. Thank you for being bold and sharing your opinions, they are needed and valued.

Callie said...

Thank you, Gina! I don't think any of us really think these two are the "best", and I guess that's part of what's so disheartening about the whole thing, because they clearly aren't the best. But I just think we have a responsibility to take this seriously anyway, and work with what we've got, because one of them WILL be president, whether we like it or not. I so appreciate your comment! :-)

Lindsey said...

Thank you for posting this. I also love politics and sometimes feel over informed like you said. So tired of reading on Facebook that I must not care about my daughters or be evangelical enough bc I don't want to spend my vote on someone who's not a contender. Metaxas has been an encouragement to me this election season. Thanks for having the courage to post this!

Callie said...

Thank you Lindsey! I have been bombarded with the same kinds of articles too, and it does get discouraging at times, because I do think we have a responsibility to use our vote well, and to not vote (or vote for someone who won't win) because we don't want to be associated with either candidate doesn't really change the country (some would argue symbolically it could make a difference, but I'm more concerned with the practical). Thank you for the encouragement!

Janet said...

I really struggle with believing that America must have a two party system and that there are only two choices. I do feel that as a Christian I do need to vote. But I think the only reason why people feel there are only two options is because people make it that way by only voting for one of the two. If everyone who wasn't happy with the two candidates was willing to vote for a third party, then we wouldn't have a two party system anymore. I refuse to be told that I only have two options, so I will be voting.. but not for Trump or Hillary.

Callie said...

I think the reason there is a two party system is because there is usually two different directions the country could go - if everyone who didn't like the two candidates voted for someone else, they still couldn't agree on just one candidate (and they don't) because there are usually two sides to each issue, and different issues are more important to different groups. The two sides of most issues are covered by either Democrats or Republicans. Obviously there is a range there, but most people and candidates lean to one side or the other of each issue. I can't even think of a "third party" position on any issue that is actually different than either the Republican or Democrat platforms. I understand what you are saying, but I don't see us moving away from a two party system any time soon. We haven't yet in 200+ years. No third party has ever gotten close to winning the presidency because they haven't ever been able to unify enough people and don't truly offer anything that one of the two main parties can't. At least not in our history to this point.

© Through Clouded Glass. Design by MangoBlogs.