With Super Tuesday already here, millions of Americans are going into the voting booth to cast their votes for the next President of the United States. Who are you going to vote for? Why? What is your process? Here are some tips on how you should vote.
Call it a flawed system or simply freedom, but the qualifications to become President of the United States of America are very low. Only two things are required to be on the resume: 1) U.S. citizenship, and 2) At least 35 years old. That’s it! Heck, we have more qualifications to serve in the children’s ministry at our church than to become Commander-in-Chief of our country. Wow! This means that you and I are the ones who determine the resume requirements for our next President. So “how” should you do it?
1. Be Informed
Ecclesiastes 7:25 – I turned my heart to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the scheme of things, and to know the wickedness of folly and the foolishness that is madness.
Solomon, who’s been known as the wisest person that ever lived, penned these words in the Old Testament 2,300 years ago. The truth highlights that Christians are called to be wise and informed in their decision-making process. Why? Because the decisions you make will ultimately shape your whole life. In other words, you are a product of your decisions.
You are where you are today largely because of your decisions. This is why it is important to weigh your decisions, be informed in your decisions, “search out”, and “seek wisdom”. Otherwise, you will have to live with the negative consequences of reckless decision- making and we all know what this is like.
So when it comes to making a decision about our next President, we need to put forth the effort (i.e., search, seek, etc.) in order to make the wisest decision. I wonder how many of us really put forth the effort to check the resumes of those who are running for president? How many of us have logged onto their websites to see what they stand for, have accomplished, and plan to do? Or are we being lazy basing our decisions on sound bites, demeanor, and personal appeal? It is hard to image hiring for any executive job level position today without first a thorough resume investigation being conducted. Yet it appears that this is the approach when it comes to electing our next President.
Wisdom states that Christians are to be informed before casting a vote to hire for the most powerful position in our country. Wisdom states that Christians should put forth the effort to review the previous accomplishments of candidates and whether that qualifies them to become President. After all, we will be living with the consequences of either a wise or reckless decision.
2. Use God’s Word to Guide You
Matthew 5:16 – …let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Nowhere in the New Testament do we see politics mentioned as a way to bring about spiritual reform or change. Most New Testament Christians lived under the tyranny of an evil empire or were persecuted for their faith. We never see a call to political revolt, rebellion, or activism within the church. Instead, we are called to spiritual activism and shining the love of Jesus.
Today, American Christians have the freedom and opportunity to vote and influence a culture for the Lord. What does this mean in the voting booth? The simple answer is vote for Jesus! Our faith should inform every part of our life at work, home, school, and even the voting booth. Politics for a Christian is all about being a witness for Jesus, not whether you are a democrat or republican. So double-check your politics with the Bible.
Having a passion for politics is fine, but make sure you don’t confuse that with a passion for Jesus. It may come as a surprise but God is neither democrat nor republican. He isn’t even American (see my blog post, Is God a Republican?)!
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