Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

October 17, 2012

Should A Christian Vote?

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

My blogs are never to be an endorsement or a political statement.  I intend to only share memories and thoughts.  But today I do have something of a commentary.

There is so much being said and written about the role of a Christian in the election this year.  Many Christians feel they have no real choice since, in their judgment, a Christian is not a candidate.  Thus, advice is being given that no vote should be cast.  I must admit that I have strong disagreement with that position.

I am a committed Christian . . . but I am not qualified to give leadership to this country.  There might be a non-Christian who has the ability to give leadership to our country.  Being a Christian does not give credentials for ability . . . only trustworthiness and integrity.  A non-Christian may have the credentials . . . and be trustworthy and have integrity.  Yet, it is true that the individual does not possess the same moral values we expect from a Christian.  Isn’t that non-Christian candidate more qualified . . . and would possibly give better leadership on issues as the elected person?

I read a website that said it is a sin to help Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.  The writer claimed Scripture indicates only Christians should be elected.  I will not argue the Scriptures . . . and if such Scriptures are teaching to choose and follow only godly men . . .  they do not instruct us not to vote!  If you are seeking Scriptural advice, why not consider Paul’s instructions in Romans 13?  (Take time to read verses 1-5) It seems to me that Paul teaches that a non-Christian (and I believe he is referring to Caesar) is capable of being a sound ruler.

I give challenge to the notion that Christians should not vote this year!

Not to vote is wrong . . . we need at least to hope the one elected will do more morally, insure freedoms, and establish security for our nation.  America was founded on a Judeo/Christian foundation and we have the privilege and responsibility to elect leaders who can possibly provide the best moral environment and freedoms.  This means looking ahead to decisions he would make based on his value system — such as appointment of judges.  We must acknowledge that Christians are not the only people with moral values!

What I am suggesting is VOTE FOR AMERICA!  Vote for the one person closest to your Christian values.  I believe God holds us accountable for being faithful to our values.  One way to assure best government is to vote!  Vote for morality, justice, and humanity!  Your vote goes beyond a man . . . your vote determines the laws of our nation  . . . the freedom of religion, moral issues, honesty, virtue.  Norman Rockwell painted and spoke of preserving four freedoms . . . freedom of speech, freedom from fear, freedom of worship, and freedom from want.  That is America . . . vote for America!  Vote for freedom!

I know the argument . . . God is in control, but that does not mean we shouldn’t participate to further His will!  I don’t know what the future holds for America . . . but I know I will serve my Lord regardless of what happens following this next election . . . but I hope I can serve Him in the most free and moral society possible!

“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among man, whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.”  (1 Peter 2:13-14)  “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.”    (Titus 3:1-2)



1 Comment »

  1. Very well put Pastor Jolly. It is a responsibility as an American and as a Christian. Thank you for this reminder. Our one vote might make a difference.

    Comment by doriswhite — October 17, 2012 @ 7:48 am | Reply

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