Monday, August 22, 2016

Casting Your BallotThere has been a lot of opposition to Trump running for President. Some refuse to vote for him. In fact they will not vote at all or cast their ballot for a third party candidate. Some feel it is against their conscience to vote for “the lesser of two evils.” I respect anyone who wishes to follow his conscience in what he believes is right. It is a biblical concept (Romans 14:23 KJV). So, I do not condemn such a choice. I may not agree with it just as those who hold it may not agree with mine. After all, we are brothers and sisters in Christ and of the household of God. We can agree to disagree and still love and respect one another. Paul and Barnabas did, so may we (Acts 15:36-41)!

I believe God Himself has given us the right to vote for the candidate who is better qualified than the other. In Isaiah 44:28 God spoke of Cyrus, who would be born 100 years later, as his “shepherd” and would rebuild Jerusalem and lay the foundation of the Temple. In 45:1 Cyrus is referred to as God’s “anointed” or “Messiah,” and God will hold up his right hand and help him subdue other kings even though God said Cyrus “has not known me.” Cyrus was a pagan king who worshiped Bel and Nabu! Yet, God voted for him and made him king so he could release the remnant to return to Palestine under Zerubbabel (Nehemiah 7:7).

I’m voting for the candidate who will stop illegal immigration, put Constitutional judges on the Supreme Court, stand against pornography, stop favoring Islam’s Sharia, put Americans back to work, make us energy free from the near East, replace Obamacare, repeal Obama’s unlawful executive orders, strengthen our military, respect our military and police, restore law and order, stop apologizing to our enemies, stop paying millions in ransom to our enemies, stop ISIS and all other Islamic organizations that wish to dominate and destroy this and other countries, and get us back on a sound economic footing. I’m not asking anyone to violate his conscience, just pointing out that those who vote “for the lesser of two evils,” have a scriptural right to do so.

Sometimes a strongly held conviction can push an individual to have the wrong kind of attitude toward those who disagree. This fault isn’t restricted to just one party affiliation, but can reside with all who have different views. For example, Paul refused to take John Mark on his next mission trip (Acts 15:38-40). He took Silas instead. He didn’t keep his opinion about John Mark to himself. Yet, later he changed that view, mellowed, and found Mark useful to his ministry (2 Timothy 4:11, NKJV).

Go to the polls and vote. Vote for the one which you feel is best suited for the job morally, ethically, conservatively, and economically. That candidate may be another Cyrus, and God’s anointed!