No doubt you have been asked at least once, who you were voting for in this presidential election cycle. And no doubt you have been as troubled as everyone else over the distressing state of affairs and the disgusting lifestyles and character of the candidates that have been put forth by the various political parties–conduct and character so repugnant that we could easily be persuaded to forgo the election this year. Believe me when I say that I have been as troubled as everyone else.
Just under 30 days out from the election, I’m increasingly incensed by the ‘corruption’ and ‘carnality’ of the two main candidates. For me, this choice is more than a simple ‘hold your nose and pull the lever for one of them’ type selection. The candidates are so flawed that any choice is fraught with ominous consequences. ‘So’, you say. ‘What are you going to do?’ And, ‘how are you going to decide?’ Well, currently, I’m considering two scriptures.
First, I’m meditating on I Timothy 2:1f, where God inspired the Apostle Paul to write this counsel: ‘I urge you, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority (at the time it was Nero), that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.’ As I consider these words, I realize that I do have a choice if I choose to vote. I can choose the candidate that affords me the best opportunity to live in ‘peace’ and ‘quiet’ with godliness. I do not expect my chosen candidate to model Christ’s character. (Some days, I wrestle with that myself) After all, our governmental system is not a ‘theocracy’. I’m reminded that we are not choosing a church leader. But, since we are choosing a candidate for president of the US, which one affords us the best opportunity possible to live in peace and quiet.
Next, I’m considering Nahum 1:9, which reminds me that ‘Whatever they plot against the Lord, He will bring to an end…’. This text tells me that God does not countenance those who attempt to subvert His Sovereign, creative designs and intentions. So, I ask, ‘Is there a candidate that supports God’s design in marriage, in issues of life, in the freedom to practice godliness and in the protection of my family?’ Honestly, no candidate, in my humble opinion, satisfactorily models God’s designs. So, I take the next step and ask myself which, if any, party platform more nearly resembles God’s designs and intentions. Here, we may find a significant difference, not in the candidate, but rather, in the platform on which that candidate stands. Now, my choice may come into clearer focus because the party platforms vary widely in their affirmations and exclusions of God and His designs. It may be wise to read each platform and consider the standards upon which the candidates stand and consider the people to whom each candidate is obliged.
So, as far as I am concerned, I will be voting I Timothy 2 and Nahum 1 on election day. And at the end of the day, my conscience will be clear.