How I Made My Voting Decision

 

How I Made My Voting Decision - It's been a tough election year for most of us. Many feel it's nearly impossible to whole-heartedly support either candidate. Personally, I've run the gamut of thoughts during and after the primaries, including, "I may not vote at all." And as the process has gone on, I'm not any happier about the choices we have. The question I've pondered is, "What is the right thing to do?"

How I Made My Voting Decision

 

It’s been a tough election year for most of us. Many feel it’s nearly impossible to whole-heartedly support either candidate. Personally, I’ve run the gamut of thoughts during and after the primaries, including, “I may not vote at all.” And as the process has gone on, I’m not any happier about the choices we have.

The question I’ve pondered is, “What is the right thing to do?”

 

Lord of All

 

I don’t believe our lives as a believers should look like a pie chart with a “business slice,” a “civic slice,” a “family slice,” a “social slice,” and maybe a “religious slice” where we keep God. God is God of all of life and He rightfully expects to be ruler over the whole pie.

Our faith and the principles of God should inform how we do business, how we love and raise our families, how we conduct our social lives and every other area, including how we carry out our civic duties.

Jesus taught that we were to be good citizens:

… “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God” (Lk. 20.25).

Paul added to that idea in Romans 13:

¹ Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.

Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority (NLT).

And Proverbs 29.2 tells us:

When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice.
    But when the wicked are in power, they groan.

So, in a nation like ours where we choose our political leaders, we should do all that we can to see that godly people are in authority.

I’ve written often about “the goal of life” Paul talked about in 2 Corinthians 5.9:

Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.

So what would be pleasing to God?

 

The Sovereignty of God

 

While I believe as Christians we should do our part to elect godly leaders, God is not limited by anything we do. He’s not limited by who wins the election or the kind of political system under which we live.

He has cared for His people through the centuries under even the most oppressive governments. In the first century alone, believers “turned the world upside down” (Act 17.5-6) under one of the most wicked and oppressive governments in history.

We also must remember that government is not our savior. It’s not the answer to the moral and spiritual problems our nation faces. We are the light of the world (Matt. 5.16). It’s our job to make disciples and teach others about God and His Word (Matt. 28.19-20).

Our culture will never change unless hearts are first changed.

We must remember, too, that it’s God Himself who raises one up and removes another from positions of authority (Dan. 2.21). But when the nation of Israel demanded a king like the other nations, He gave them one (1 Sam. 8.5). So we shouldn’t take our responsibility lightly, beginning with prayer.

 

My Voting Decision

 

So how did I decide?

I’ve always based my voting decisions on moral, biblical issues, so with all due respect to her supporters, I knew I could never vote for Hillary Clinton because of her stand on abortion and gay marriage, among other things. Not because I hate women who have had an abortion or people living a gay lifestyle, but because God forbids those things (Ex. 20.13; Rom. 1.26-27).

Our nation rightfully deserves God’s harshest judgment for the blood of the million plus babies who are murdered each year in the name of women’s rights and now we are trying to redefine the institution of marriage, an institution that was ordained by God Himself (Gen. 2.22-25).

But I don’t agree with many of Donald Trump’s choices and attitudes either. So the real question for me was, “Would I vote at all?”

Decision MagazineThen one day, as I went through the mail, a copy of Decision, a magazine put out by Billy Graham’s Ministry, found its way into my hands. On the cover was a picture of the two candidates and the headline, “Two Visions. Two Americas.” But it wasn’t the headline that caught my attention. As I thumbed through the pages, I came to an article comparing the two party platforms.

If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time you’ve probably seen similar comparisons. I know I’ve seen many of them, but reading the stands from each platform made me realize what I needed to do.

The article stated, “Many decisions are made at the president’s desk, but the major political party to which he or she belongs wields significant power over which domestic and international policies are advanced and what becomes law.”

I’m not naive enough to think that because any political party says they stand for something, that our elected officials will necessarily do what’s right or that laws will automatically be changed. But given the choices, I realized my responsibility was to vote for the one whose platform most aligned with God’s principles and pray for those who are tasked with carrying out those goals. Whether or not they do is ultimately in God’s hands and the candidates are accountable to Him.

Here are some excerpts on various issues:

  • Sanctity of Life

Democratic: “Democrats seek to repeal the 1976 Hyde Amendment so that federal funds can be used to pay for abortions. The platform says, ‘We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers.’ Democrats support ratification of UN efforts that affirm ‘the reproductive rights of women’ globally.”

Republican: “The GOP asserts the sanctity of human life and affirms, ‘The unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed.’ The party supports a Human Life Amendment making clear that the 14th Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth, and it salutes states that require informed consent, parental consent, waiting periods and clinic regulation.”

  • Marriage

Democratic: “‘Democrats applaud last year’s Supreme Court ruling that ‘LGBT people–like other Americans–have the right to marry the person they love.'”

Republican: “The GOP platform condemns the Supreme Court’s rulings that removed the ability of Congress and the people to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The GOP urges the reversal of those decisions, whether through judicial reconsideration or a constitutional amendment.”

  • Religious Freedom

Democratic: “The Democratic platform says, ‘We support a progressive vision of religious freedom that respects pluralism and rejects the misuse of religion to discriminate.’ The party opposes a religious test to bar immigrants or refugees from entering the country.”

Republican: “Republicans affirm that religious freedom in the Bill of Rights protects the right of the people to practice their faith in their everyday lives. The platform endorses the First Amendment Defense Act, which would protect faith-based institutions and individuals from government discrimination.”

  • Federal Judges

Democratic: “The platform says: ‘We will appoint judges who defend the constitutional principles of liberty and equality for all, and will protect a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion.”

Republican: “The GOP platform states: ‘A critical threat to our country’s constitutional order is an activist judiciary that usurps powers properly reserved to the people through other branches of government.’ The GOP supports the appointment of justices and judges who respect the constitutional limits on their power and respect the authority of the states.

  • Internet Safety and Decency

Democratic: “The platform supports ‘a free and open internet at home and abroad.’ The party would seek to strengthen cybersecurity while ‘protecting the privacy and civil liberties of the American people.”

Republican: “The platform states: ‘The internet must not become a safe haven for predators. Pornography, with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the lives of millions.'”

The article also covers each party’s position on:

  • National Defense
  • Terrorism
  • Human Rights (the Democratic stand has mostly to do with LGBT rights, even forcing policies on other nations)
  • Immigration
  • Addressing Poverty
  • Law and Order
  • Israel and Jerusalem

So while I don’t have a high view of the candidate, because of his party’s stand on biblical, moral issues, I’ll be voting for Donald Trump in November. And I’ll trust God to do in our nation what only He can do.

I also know I need to recommit myself to praying more faithfully for our nation, its people, all the candidates, and whoever will become our next president.

How about you?

Blessings,
Donna

How I Made My Voting Decision - It's been a tough election year for most of us. Many feel it's nearly impossible to whole-heartedly support either candidate. Personally, I've run the gamut of thoughts during and after the primaries, including, "I may not vote at all." And as the process has gone on, I'm not any happier about the choices we have. The question I've pondered is, "What is the right thing to do?"


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24 thoughts on “How I Made My Voting Decision

  1. Oh, how hard this election year feels! I greatly appreciate your thoughtful and thorough evaluations (without it feeling like more mudslinging!)

    One interesting thought I read as I too was going to abstain from voting was to be heard by voting third party. This will show our country that people will not settle for someone they don’t agree with. I know the third party will not win, but it’s a voice.

    Another thought was to vote for the person you think is most receptive (by his or her actions) to hearing God, to listening to God. And pray for that.

    Both interesting ideas. I’m still not sure what I’m going to do in November, but you certainly gave me more to think about!

  2. What a wonderful and truthful post. You have said it all so well. Truly you are following God’s commandments, and are true to what you believe and know. I love it and I HAVE POSTED THIS ON ALL MY SOCIAL SITES.

    May God Bless You for your voice.

  3. Thank you for this well-thought out article. My husband and I have come to the same conclusion. No one knows what is ahead of us, but God, who created the world and sustains all that is in it, IS SOVEREIGN. His will be done.
    I don’t know if I have left a comment before, but I read Soul Survival every day. Thank you for your faithfulness in teaching!

    • Thank you so much, Donna, both for your comments and your faithfulness to read my posts. That is a huge blessing and I don’t take it lightly. May God have mercy on our nation.

  4. An important question for me was, what kind of Supreme Court judges do I want to see appointed in the next few years?

    That made the decision simple.

    God bless you!
    Laura

    Yes. I’m Republican.

  5. Thank you for posting this – what a thoughtful and respectful essay. I am struggling as well, but I simply cannot in good conscience vote for Donald Trump. I have prayed, and will continue to pray, and may be voting Republican for all other candidates in my district. I think I certainly need to give more thought to the abortion issue – but struggle with so many other issues that I really disagree with many Republicans on. It seems a pick-your-poison choice for sure. I hope through all of this us Christians stay united in prayer for our country, our leaders, whoever they may be, and fior each other.

    • I understand, Lisa. It is definitely a tough year for voters! I pray God will give you peace about your decision, whatever that is. And I agree with you about praying. I know I haven’t prayed as much as I should. Blessings!

  6. Well said and thought out. I just don’t think I can vote either way. I completely understand your reasons…but I just cringe at having either Trump or Clinton as our President and the idea that I can even vote for either of them is just too awful to me.

    I am so, so thankful our God is sovereign! His will be done! I find my comfort in that! 🙂

  7. I love this post, and have shared it with many of my friends as we all are struggling with this election. You have many great biblical references and breakdown the differences that each party supports.
    I hope this post goes crazy on social media! Thank you for an insightful decision. I would love for you to link up to my party on Thursday “Talk It Up Thursday”.

  8. Donna, I’ve always said you are brave and tackle the tough issues, and you did not disappoint with this post. I admire your courage and I think you may have just pulled me out from behind the curtain. There is so much out there about who Christians should align with politically. No one person will ever be perfect unless God were running, but as you point out is already above all. Therefore, I agree must align with the candidate whose party most closely aligns with our beliefs. Thank you for getting this out there. I will be sharing.

    • Pam, thank you so much for sharing that! It’s an encouragement to me. It’s a difficult time for us all as followers of Christ. We are seeing it everywhere: in our churches, in the workplace, and in the culture at large, as well as, the political arena. But, as a friend of mine used to say, God did not fall off the throne. I take heart in knowing the He is in control! Blessings!

  9. Hello Donna,
    I just found your blog and it’s no coincidence that I did! 🙂 I really appreciate this article and will be sharing with others. I could never, ever vote for Hillary! There are so many issues I cannot agree with plus if you’ve read any background about her, I believe she’s pure evil. That’s only my opinion! It’s so very sad that these two are our candidates for this great country. I don’t agree with everything about Trump but I do believe in many of his policies.

    As I understand it, NO vote will count for Hillary due to the format in the way our votes are counted.

    Thank you so much for sharing! I just pray that God will guide us and that His will be done.

    xo
    Pat

    • Yes, I agree with you. While I wish not voting would send a message, I think it will assure the fact that she will be our next president. Thanks for sharing!

  10. What about third party voting? This is where my problem lies. Darell Castle of the constitutionalist party is most in line with God and the bible. However, I am afraid that if I do vote for him (third party) it will just be a wasted vote. But also, God is in control so he could take a few votes for a third party and multiply them. Also, if I vote for trump because I feel that he is the lesser of two evils, and not stand up for the party most in line with God (constitutionalist) I feel i will have to answer to God for that. Just some thoughts I have been struggling with. I know the answer is to pray more, but what are your thoughts about third parties? Specifically the constitutionalist party?

    • I understand your struggle. For me it comes down to abortion, issues connected to the gay rights agenda (especially so-called “gay-marriage”), and the fact the Supreme Court is going to decide what laws stand in regard to those issues. I believe Trump is the only one (apart from a miracle of God which He is more than capable of) who can stem the tide of those things. I also believe that God can humble Trump and use him, but I believe the other side has rejected God’s truth for far too long. Praying God gives us His wisdom. We all need it!

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