Who do you vote for when neither candidate has a spotless record . . . .
- The lesser of two evils
- You do a coin toss and pray for the best
- You don’t vote
- You vote your conscience
THY KINGDOM COME. As a result of King Solomon’s sin, upon his death, his kingdom was divided into two parts. The Kingdom of Judah led by his son, Rehoboam and the kingdom of Israel led by his servant Jeroboam. As you read Ist & 2nd Kings you will discover that collectively Judah and Israel had 40 kings – only eight kings did what was right in God’s eyes and not one single king of Israel did right.
Some were just downright wicked and evil – consumed with their kingly power; some were prone to compromise; while others were tolerant, some gave into peer pressure, while others towed the line on both sides. Sound familiar?
READY TO RECEIVE US BACK TO HIM. One thing that seems to be consistent within the scripture is that when the nation went through their struggle and cried out to God for help He heard their prayer and redeemed them even when they repeatedly offended Him and were disobedient.
OUR DUTY TO VOTE. That being said, I encourage you to still vote your conscience at the polls this November as it really is our duty as citizens of these United States. Sure we may have something against both candidates. We might not like what either stands for on certain issues and that’s okay. The fact is there has only been one perfect Being without sin and that is Jesus and He’s not running for office.
OBAMA. We may like President Obama’s overall leadership and feel that he connects with the ‘average’ man, but hate his stand on the controversial issues such as same sex marriage or pro-life.
ROMNEY. We may like Candidate Mitt Romney’s business savvy, and moral conviction, but are concerned whether he can relate to the ‘average’ man along with questioning the impact of his Mormon belief system on running the affairs of our country.
YOU DON’T SAY. The truth is just look around, there are things we like about each other and other things we do not like. There are things people like about what we say as pastors, yet there are things they do not like. It concerns me when we are thinking about not attending the polls because we have found fault with both candidates. I fear we are ‘throwing the baby out with the bath water.’
VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE. I have a friend who has a saying, “Eat the meat and throw away the bones.” My recommendation is for you to vote your conscience and let God do the rest. You still can take a stance and be an activist for those principles you believe in regardless of who will be in office. I believe this is our Christian duty as citizens and as believers.
Lastly, we all need to come to terms with the fact that either President Obama will remain in the office or Mitt Romney will move into the office.