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Monday, October 3, 2016

How Would Jesus Vote?

First, let me say I have never before felt so much anguish over voting. I truly believe it is my Christian duty to be politically active and to exercise my Right to Vote. 

But if you are like me, you may not know how to vote this election cycle.

I’ve spent months in prayer over this. I delved into the Scriptures looking for answers that evade me.
While I cannot tell you how to vote, I do want to share with you the things I feel are important to God.

1.       ABOVE ALL- Know God is the answer. Man cannot save you. A government cannot save you. Only God can save. Trust in Him. (Psalm 146:3-6, Jer 17:5)

2.       God controls the elections. Man cannot circumvent God’s will. Whoever wins this election is put into place by God Himself. He sets rulers above the nations. He is in control. (Dan 2:21, Rom 13:1)

3.       When deciding how to vote (or if you will vote- never before have I felt this was an option) LOOK AT THE FRUITS not just the words coming from someone’s mouth. (Luke 6:44-46, Psalm 12:2, Rom 16:18)

Now to see what the Bible says about Fruit:

“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Emphasis mine)

The first set of characteristics is NOT of God. The second set is.

These verses should make it easy to vote.

But what if you feel NO candidate represents the Characteristics of God?

What should you do?

Luke 14:25-27 provides some insight for this dilemma.

 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:  “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”

This passage refers to decision making between conflicting loyalties. (Hate in this passage is not an emotional hostility)

Are we more loyal to God or those we love?

Regarding elections, Are we more loyal to God or the government?

Who are we putting our trust in?

Do we think a particular candidate or political party can deliver us from the evils of this world?

After much prayer, I can’t help but think that in this election cycle Christians are being forced to back a belief system (AKA political party) that is contrary to the Word of God. We are being told that we must vote a certain way because if we don’t someone “worse” will become president (this is true regardless of what party you are affiliated with).

Choosing a “lesser of an evil” does not mean we are obeying God. And the “Enemy of my enemy is my friend” is not Biblical. Worldly logic is combating for our loyalty and tearing us apart.

Yet, God is in control.

The candidates up for election are there because it is part of God's plan.

So how to vote?

I honestly don’t know.

But I trust God’s will is being accomplished.

I pray you find some answers and peace in these words.

I pray your vote isn’t influenced by fear.

I pray we find unity in the days to come.
Starting Jan. 2017 I will post a series on building a Frame-work of Hope so that you can stand no matter what shakes your foundation or may tempt your loyalty to falter.

Finally, if you're unsure why I'm having such a difficult time this election season or perhaps you're interested in learning more about the fruits these candidates have produced, please check out this article. In my opinion this is the BEST article I have read regarding the conundrum Christian's face in voting for either candidate. It's long but well worth the read- it gets really good about half way through. Trump Betrayed by Erick Erickson.

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