In less that two months, citizens of the United States will cast their ballots to elect our President and other officials for the next two to four years (depending upon the office). This is both a right and a privilege associated with citizenship in the United States.
I am not writing to tell you for whom you should vote, or to reveal my choice(s). I am not trying to convince you one way or another. However, I do remind you to consider your beliefs and values as a Christian. I remind you that as a Christian you are taking Christ into the voting booth with you, please do not leave Him in the truck when you go to the polls. Paul might remind you that “Christ . . . is your life.” (Col 3:4).
I do not know what the outcome of this upcoming election will bring. I do not know how this election will affect the economy, religious freedom, social injustices, the environment, nor how it will impact the world stage. I do know we will make our collective choice through the process set up by our laws as a nation. I pray that we will prosper in many ways before and after this election.
I do have a request of my fellow Christians.
I do have a request of my fellow Christians. No matter if you vote for Biden, Jorgenson, or Trump; for Democrats, Libertarians, or Republicans, accept the outcome of the electoral process with the dignity of a Child of God. I ask that you support our current and future leaders when they do what is right and that you call them out when they do wrong. I encourage you to pray for them always. I beg of you to not be a participant in the name calling, the spreading of untruths (lies), and adding to the divisive, polemic rhetoric that has become all too common in the last few decades. When you disagree with a policy, person, or law, you have the right to express your opinion as do those with whom you disagree. Yet as a Christian, we should avoid degrading those with whom we disagree. Will you and I, as children of God, lead a return to civil dialogue?
I ask this of you because of the words of the Apostle Paul, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1Timothy 2:1-4).
Are youth me?