Election 2020 is a few hours away. There is a part of me that feels like the nation is being pulled apart like a rubber band getting close to snapping in two. I do feel this election’s weight, but I chose to place my hope and faith in God. As we approach the election, I wanted to take a few moments to talk about the wrestling in my heart. My goal is not to have you vote the way I do but to encourage Christians to faith, grace, unity, and peace during and after the election.
It’s probably wise for you to know a little about me. I’m a 55-year-old, white, conservative Southern Baptist preacher and, thus, a follower of Jesus Christ. I lean right in all my politics. For some, not nearly far enough right, and for others much too far to the right. I try to combine my political stances with grace and mercy for all people. I am unapologetically and unashamedly pro-life. I believe life begins at conception. Therefore, the baby in the mother’s womb is a person and has the right to complete personhood. But my ethic for life extends to the United States border and the nursing home down the street. All people, regardless of race and place on this earth, should be treated with respect, grace, and dignity.
I believe in biblical marriage. As designed by God, marriage is between a man and a woman for a lifetime. I affirm biblical sexuality. God created man and woman, male and female. I believe in justice and our mandate to care for the poor. I believe in a well-funded and strong police department. I am grateful for all the men and women of our police force. I affirm that black lives matter but cannot affirm the movement #BLM or Antifa. I think white supremacy is from the pits of hell and must be eradicated in America. I am a proud American and believe we live in the greatest nation in the world. I am grateful to all the men and women who have served and are serving in our armed services. I am pleased the Senate affirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. I do not approve of either party stacking the Supreme Court.
As a Christian, I am a citizen of God’s Kingdom first and an American second. My allegiance is to Jesus Christ as the Sovereign King of the universe. I have chosen to extend grace and compassion to those who think differently than I do. I can love a gay man and show compassion to an illegal immigrant. I chose to do those things because God has extended so much grace and mercy to me.
I cannot vote for the Democrat ticket. My conscience will not allow it. There are many issues their platform holds to that I cannot support; Marriage, religious freedom, Sanctity of Life, and big government are but a few problems. But how do I support a candidate I find so lacking morally? Do I vote third party? Do I not vote? What should I do? These are valid questions, and I know many Christians are struggling with as well. Please pray. Do what your conscience will allow. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide your heart. Examine the Scriptures. And by all means, vote. This election, like the last, I will vote for the party platform. Let me also add; we must not judge a person based on how they vote. I have many good Christian friends who love Jesus very much, voting for Biden and possibly a third party. A person’s vote is not a test of genuine faith.
Even more than my candidate winning, my heart longs to see revival in the church. I agree with Andy Stanley when he writes, “Your candidate will win or lose based on how Amerca votes. But the church wins or loses based on how Christians respond in the days that follow.” Let us respond in Christlike ways in the coming days.
Therefore, my response will be to pray and seek God’s direction. As best I can, I will vote according to God’s guidance. I will look and vote according to my conscience and to biblical guidelines.
- I will act justly, love faithfulness, and will walk humbly before God (Micah 6:8).
- With humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, I will make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:2-3).
- I will act wisely toward outsiders and will make the most of the time. My speech will always be gracious and seasoned with salt. (Colossians 4:5-6).
- I will consistently live a good life among the pagans (1 Peter 3:12), so I might be light. My light will shine, so my good deeds bring glory to God and good to others (Matthew 5:16).
- As far as it depends on me, I will live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18).
On November 4, my hope and faith will remain in God. I will live as if I believe Jesus is King. I will not live in fear. I will not bring shame to God through my words or actions. You don’t have to vote like me but join me in showing grace, peace, and unity to all Americans. May God bless our great nation.