Today I was researching the candidates and issues for Tuesday’s election (11/2/14). The internet is a wonderful to tool to help in this endeavor. The Dispatch voter guide which allows you to not only research and compare the candidates but record your choices to use for your ballot. I even like their endorsement page. While I may not agree on every choice, they do give their opinion based on performance which many times I do not have a clue how a judge or official has done. Bottom line, it took time but my conscience is clear before God and men.
My prayer is that you will take time to vote this next Tuesday.
If you need a little motivation on voting, I would suggest you watch the compelling video below that both Cathy Williams and Barry Cook brought to my attention. Below the video is a little something I wrote which briefly explains from a Biblical perspective the motivation and the mechanics of voting as a citizen of heaven.
OUR DUAL CITIZENSHIPS AND VOTING
Sometimes I feel like I’m "preaching to the choir" because I know how passionate most of you are toward the right and responsibility to vote. For some, though, voting is discouraging and compromising. "Can I trust any of these candidates to do what they promise?" "Does it really matter?" "Is it right to pick between 'the lesser of two evils'?"
Because Jesus is our Lord (King), our citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20). He has given us a clear duty to be good citizens in the earthly kingdom He places us in (Rom. 13:1-7. 1 Pet. 2:13-14). This means not only doing 'right' by obeying laws but doing 'good' which speaks to being a blessing to those in authority and other citizens for which no law can command. I believe voting is a 'good' task that fits in perfectly with our roles as having dual citizenship.
Our vote, is in essence, the Lord's. Our first criteria then for any vote is where a candidate stands on issues that God has clearly addressed. Let me name a few: the sanctity of life (Gen. 1:26-27; 9:6) and of marriage (Gen. 1:24, Matt. 19:5), 'natural law' jurisprudence that recognizes a transcendent law above man-made law (Dan. 3:16-18, Acts 4:19-20), or God's healthy balance between social justice (Gal. 2:10) and personal responsibility (2 Thes. 3:10). The integrity of a candidate in his personal and professional life is important as well (1 Kings 22:52, Prov. 14:34).
We may have some reasoned positions and some based on personal preferences that we use to evaluate a candidate or issue but they all submit to the clear instruction of our Lord through His word (2Tim. 3:16, 17). Enjoy our King Jesus' pleasure when you do 'good' as a citizen of this country!