In these days of civil unrest and protesting and violence, along with the COVID-19 issues it is important that we do not get distracted. Often it is not what politicians say, but what they don’t say that makes all the difference. In a few short months we will go to the polls and select who our next president, senators, and congress people will be. We live in a wonderful country where we don’t have to revolt, but vote.
One of the issues that easily takes a back seat in times like these is abortion and another is suicide by the elderly. My christian faith tells me that God is the initiator of life, that life is sacred, that suicide is wrong. It is above our pay grade to decide when life begins and ends. I have no right to end life through abortion (surgery or medication), whether in the womb or at old age, and I do not give that right to anyone else either. Life and death are God’s business, not mine. When voting I vote for those candidates who most match my views. I will not vote for anyone who promotes abortion or suicide.
Another issue has to do with my responsibility to protect and defend my family. As a brother, father and husband, I take seriously my responsibility to provide for and protect my wife and family. I will vote for those who allow me to do so, by whatever means necessary and that includes weapons. It is an unrealistic expectation to think that the police will be able to protect me and my family in an emergency. It is also unreasonable to expect that others should provide my family with the things they need for survival, when I am capable of doing it myself. I vote for those candidates who believe in less government and not more.
A third issue is that of religious freedom. Attacks on religious freedom by some politicians is more subtle. Requiring that masks must be worn and physical distancing must be practiced in church gatherings while not required in protesting is hypocritical. Modeling and practicing non-Christian behaviors and speech are also attacks on religion. As such, I look at how candidates practice and speak their faith and I vote for those who most align with my faith; in action, not just rhetoric.
In voting, consider which candidates most align with your values. How well do your values align with the thousands of years of teaching by Jesus and his church? Our country will not live in harmony and peace until we come under the guidance of Jesus. For some time now, we have been trying it our way. How is that working out for us and our country?
“May the Lord bless and keep you. May he let his face shine upon you and give you his peace.”