Election day is here! I have been criss-crossing the country teaching, debating, doing radio interviews, and answering emails on the road by Christians who want to know what to do in this election. Some are pushing third-party candidates claiming that this is the only "righteous" way to vote. Why is it that these guys have to run for president? Why not run in some local races to show that they can win and govern well? There is wisdom in 1 Timothy 3:4-5 when it states that the magagement of a household (family government) is an indicator of how the church will be managed (governed). If you are going to build a third-party alternative, make your case by winning some elections.
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Others are staying out of the fight altogether. One guy seemed to imply persecution is the righteous road. If it comes to that, so be it, but it’s not the only road, and it isn’t an inevitability in a nation where Christians have a right to vote. I wonder how this guy would have responded to the news that his countrymen were about to be slaughtered by an evil man? Would he have taken Esther’s bold move to approach the king, or would he have remained above the fray claiming that he did not want to be involved in the mess of politics?
Some say they are voting for the man and not the party. Again, there is some wisdom in this, but we are not electing a king. As it stands, America’s political system is party driven. If the President nominates a Supreme Court Justice, he needs the "advice and consent" of the Senate. If the Senate is not on his side, he’s going to have his nominees "Borked" on a routine basis. Of course, there are just some guys you can’t vote for even if they are party affiliated. I can think of several. Sending a message to the party can be a good thing.
As Christians, we have a lot a work to do. This is not a 50/50 nation. It only seems so because so many Christians don’t have a clue as to what’s really going on. Their heads are stuck in the heavens waiting for a rescue that is not coming. I run into Christians who believe the State should care for us "womb to tomb."