While I am not dealing with all the political and moral issues surrounding the candidates and the election, I simply want to give you 7 crucial points with which we must each wrestle as we enter the voting booths and deal with the outcomes of the election.
- Educate yourself to the issues – Know what the issues are. We should always work to have an understanding of the political issues and the candidate’s platform. However, it appears to be an even more crucial part of voting this election as parties don’t closely follow their historical platforms.
- Examine your heart – Make sure you are voting with a clear conscience. When you vote for a candidate you are supporting them and acknowledging that you believe that they are the best candidate for the job. Make sure your heart is right and that you are voting with your convictions at the forefront of your mind.
- Pray for wisdom – I don’t say this as just another point. We really need to pray for wisdom and for God to guide us in our decision making. We should also be praying for the future president, whoever that may be, that God would give them wisdom and that God would bring about good through His plan regardless of whatever evil man may intend.
- Give grace – Your final decision may be different from your neighbor, but we are to extend grace to one another. Al Mohler says it well, “Surely Christians united in moral conviction owe each other that basic kindness of respecting conscience in the voting booth in this excruciating political predicament.”
- Love one another – We should be full of Godly love for one another. Remember that we will be judged by the world by the way we love one another. And not only should we be coming together even more closely during this time, but we are also even called to love our enemies.
- Trust God’s promises – God is faithful, and He always keeps all His promises. We don’t have to worry or fret over the current or future political or moral landscape of the United States, or any other country for that matter.
- Run from divisiveness – Godly, good-intentioned men and women are being pushed apart. Yes, our political decisions may divide us on the voting ballet, but they should never divide us in the pew. Stand on truth and remember the majors that we hold firmly, together.
Remember that no matter the outcome, we have to live with ourselves and the choices we make from a clear conscience, AND we have to live with each other and continue to be faithful to love and serve one another well.