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Voting “Christian”

Wasted or Worthy – A Preacher’s Position on Voting 3rd Party

In this election cycle, I have been asked one question more than any other due to many people being disillusioned by the two major party candidates. Is voting for a third party candidate throwing my vote away? I have read numerous articles that say that it is. Common arguments are “they can’t win,” and “a vote for a third party candidate is a vote for Clinton/Trump.” If there is one issue that both sides of the aisle agree on, it is a combined effort to limit third parties’ viability and making people believe third party votes are wasteful. This article is not trying to tell you how to vote, but instead, is answering the question is a third party vote thrown away. Let me give you three reasons why a third party vote is absolutely not a wasted vote.

First, your conscience, integrity, beliefs, and personal political platform matter when you vote. In my very first article on “voting Christian,” I spoke to the importance of developing your own political beliefs and their importance in voting. Check it out. Here I want to speak to your conscience and integrity in voting. Southern Baptists, to which I belong, have historically and presently emphasize each individual’s soul competency and the priesthood of all believers, teaching that your personal relationship with the Lord is essential in guiding your daily decisions. Southern Baptists believe “God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are contrary to His Word or not contained in it.” This means if the Bible does not directly speak to a decision, you make that decision led by God alone.

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#NeverCompromise – A Preacher’s Positon on the Presidintial Election

I vividly remember, as a presidential candidate, Bill Clinton going on MTV. As a kid who definitely wanted his MTV, I thought this was amazing. This was a candidate who cared about us. My mother and I watched this together, and Clinton was asked simply, “Boxers or briefs?” He answered, and I thought my mother was going to faint. The channel was immediately changed. I was in utter confusion at what the big deal was. I thought it was neat that I and the presidential candidate shared an affinity for the same undergarments. I ask why she changed the channel, and I proceeded to receive a lecture on the importance of integrity, morality, and class. It is time that I share this wisdom from my mother, but not aimed at any politicians or our current presidential candidates, but aimed directly at us evangelical Christians. We must remember the importance of integrity, morality, and class, or we, not any politician, will lead our nation away from God and toward destruction.

Much of the nation is shocked and appalled, at the deeds and words of the two major party political candidates. It seems every week or so we learn of another lie told by Hilary Clinton and another disgusting comment made by Donald Trump, but what I find even more appalling is the morality limbo evangelical Christians are performing to support their favored candidate. We are bending lower and lower and lower.

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Eenie Meenie Miney Mo – A Preacher’s Position on Voting “Christian”

IMG_7154With election season heating up, I was asked the other day how do we vote “Christian?”   I think this is a fear by many Christians who do not want to vote in a way that displeases God.  I also think this is a weapon that other Christians use to swing to get people  to vote how they want.  I thought I would take some time and address this issue, and my hope above hopes for this piece is that it will get you excited and interested enough in politics that you will first and foremost get out and vote.  Our lack of voter turn out in this country is appalling, so I want to encourage you to get involved and vote.  It is a awesome power that we are able to wield, so go wield it.

There are two extremes I hope you will avoid in politics.  The first extreme is neutrality.  There are plenty of Christians that do not get involved in any way in politics like politics and religion cannot cross paths at all.  These Christians do not vote, do not campaign, do not debate politics in any way.  Just know, Jesus was quite politically active.  He discussed taxes on a least two ocossians, political loyalty, temple politics, marriage and divorce (which were matters of law even back then), and more.  In the gospels, when Jesus is questioned by a religious leader or a scribe, it is often more of a political question than a religious one.  Who is my neighbor? What is the greatest commandment?  Do we pay taxes to Rome?  What do we do with people caught breaking religious law?  Questions regarding Jesus’ actions on the Sabbath?  All of these questions had political implications, involving Roman/Jewish relations along side the religious ones, and Jesus did not shy away from them.  He was politically active.

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