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.