As the election draws near, some thoughts have popped up in my head.
First, what I’ve been seeing out of a lot of the Christian community is to vote for platform and not candidates.
- Democratic: https://www.demconvention.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Democratic-Party-Platform-7.21.16-no-lines.pdf
- Republican: https://prod-static-ngop-pbl.s3.amazonaws.com/media/documents/DRAFT_12_FINAL%5B1%5D-ben_1468872234.pdf
If you read them and look for key Christian issues such as abortion, marriage, religious liberty, and so on it should be “clear” who you should be voting for. One is distinctly more oriented toward Christian values and one is not.
The other one I’m seeing is the issue of Supreme Court Justices, and how the next POTUS will be able to appoint about 1-4.
Obviously, the “platform” is much like campaign promises which means candidates could just throw it out the window (and I find that likely given the character of both candidates). Not to mention many third party candidates that won’t win. However, that is not a reason to not vote. We have a “right” to vote, which does not mean we need to exercise it. But I don’t think disengaging is necessarily the right answer either.
Second, as I’ve stated before on this blog, I think marriage is a red herring. I’m not sure why the Church is so fixated on gay marriage when gay marriage doesn’t exist to God. The Church should be more concerned about divorce, especially since divorce is rampant in almost every denomination of Christianity in the West.
Gay marriage, at best, affects maybe 1-2% of the population. Divorce wreaks havoc on 40-50% of the population, and it most affects the children who are wrapped up in its destructive wake. You want to change a generation? You gotta start with divorce. Churches need to crack by exerting community-wide pressure and Church excommunications such as what happened to Jenny Erikson. Props to her Church for excommunicating her after she frivorced her husband.
The main things to do to prevent divorce are: repealing no fault divorce, default father custody of children, reforming welfare, and things like that. Unfortunately, these things won’t happen, but communities can still exert influence. Until the Church takes a hard stance against divorce, there is no disincentive for frivorce while there is certainly cash and prizes for doing it.
Third, I think that the fact people get upset at political stances is very interesting. If they didn’t care they would be apathetic, but they do care which means they get upset when others disagree with them. I think that this is a good thing because people do want to be engaged when it comes to how they are being governed and the values instituted in the various systems and powers that be.
Unfortunately, people’s value systems are all out of whack. It’s obvious that non-Christians will vote according to their “own” system of morality given they don’t have an anchored reality point. However, even many Christians are ignorant, deceived, or foolish when it comes to basing their “truth” on what they feel rather than God’s Truth.
The mess you get yourself into is of your own doing, whether in ignorance, deception, or foolishness. It’s up to you to take steps to excavate yourself from the ditch — in conjunction with God’s grace and mercy — and it always involves humility and repentance. Such things are in short supply.
Finally, whatever happens we still should be praying for our leaders and our soon-to-be leaders. It’s easy to feel or think that someone who is opposed to God is going to face the wrath and judgment of God, but God still has a heart of compassion for them and desires that they be saved. We should be praying that God will plant the seeds and make it into a plentiful harvest in their lives, their families, and their advisors.
Yes, it may be a miracle, but our God is the God of impossibilities.