The Presidential candidates for 2020 have been playing election year seesaw! One day President Trump is "slipping in the polls." The next day, the POTUS is up, and Former VP Joe Biden is down.
If Jesus is found to be slipping in the polls this year, it will be because Christians did not take Him into the voting booth with them. Many Christians will check their faith at the precinct's door and vote based on their preferences, opinions, or agenda, without first consulting the Lord and His Holy Word.
How will you vote in this Election? I am not asking for whom you will vote. I am asking “how” you will vote? On what criteria will you base your decision – party, policy, or persona?
Voters have always made their decisions based on a myriad of criteria – religious beliefs, economic or educational needs, staunch party lines, policies, and personalities, to name a few.
Whatever your reasons and motivations for voting, the most important thing is that you vote. It is your right and privilege as an American citizen to do so. Many have died or been severely injured to preserve that right and privilege for you and me. Let us not squander it for their memory’s sake.
But even more than the rights and privileges afforded us as Americans by the sacrifices of our fallen heroes; as Christians, there is One Who sacrificed His own life to give us the ultimate right and privilege of spending eternity with Him in heaven – Jesus Christ. [John 3:16] As His followers and ambassadors, we have an even greater responsibility to steward our position in Christ, and one way we do that is by voting for elected officials based on Biblical principles.
Billy Graham said, “I think it’s the duty of every individual Christian at election time to study the issues, study the candidates, then go to the polls and vote.”
Many voters will go to the polls on November 3, 2020, and they will vote based on staunch party lines, no matter the policies or personalities of those running for office. Others will vote strictly on policy. Some will vote based on personality. And to them, I say, "Good luck with that!"
My Christian beliefs and Biblical worldview will be the only criteria on which I base my vote. Jesus Christ was no respecter of persons, and He was able to look past one’s personality and flaws to the person inside and the ultimate purpose of God. I will attempt, through much prayer and His guidance, to do the same.
One of the ballot's key issues this election year is "Abortion on demand and Federal funding." Never mind – Religious Liberty, Human Rights & Global Religious Freedom, Federal Judges, Economic Empowerment & Poverty, National Defense, Israel & Jerusalem, and the ‘Equality Act’ & Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) Laws.
All the issues listed above should be of great concern to every Christian, and we should do as Billy Graham suggested, “study the issues and the candidates," and then vote based on our findings. To be sure, there will be issues on the ballot that leave room for a query, but there is at least one issue on the ballot that makes the choice clear for professing Christians.
In the Bible, King David wrote in speaking to God, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb…” [Psalm 139:13-14]
The Prophet Jeremiah, in writing the words of God, wrote, “Before I [God] formed you in the womb, I knew you.” [Jeremiah 1:5]
The sixth commandment in the Bible is found in Exodus 20:13, which reads, “Thou shalt not murder.”
According to the Bible, God knows every human being intimately before they are conceived in their mother’s womb, and God is against murder – which is “the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another.” [www.dictionary.com/murder]
Unfortunately, some crafty word-wizards, by way of linguistic smoke and mirrors, have been able to play semantic gymnastics with words such as "baby-killing" and "murder" and give them more palatable terms such as "abortion" and "family planning." Many uninformed and vulnerable people have been deceived into believing that an "embryo" or a "fetus" is something other than the beginning stages of a human being. I was almost convinced of that myself over thirty years ago.
Every person reading this article had the privilege of going through the many stages of human gestation, from conception to delivery. By the grace of God and your birth mother, you were given the gift of life and the chance to reach full development in your mother’s womb. Approximately one million babies a year in the U.S. are not given that chance.
Abortion may be a political hot-topic in our nation, but I assure you, it is an even hotter-topic with God, the creator, and originator of ALL life. The Bible says, “…you have sinned against the Lord, and be sure your sin will find you out.” [Numbers 32:23]
But I THANK GOD, the Bible tells us that through a relationship with His Son Jesus, by His grace, love, and mercy, there is forgiveness for ALL sins, even murder [abortion] - for the mother, the father, and the doctor. [John 3:16] [Romans 10:9-10] [1 John 1:9]
Solely based on the scriptures, there is no way to justify supporting and funding the killing of innocent children in the mother’s womb.
If “abortion on demand and federal funding” were the only issue on the ballot this election year, the choice is clear for Christians. Do the research. Find out where each candidate stands on that issue and all the issues before you vote.
I am an Independent voter. I do not vote on Party or Persona. Thank goodness! I vote on the policies that most closely align with the Word of God. Period! And I will do my part to help ensure that Jesus is not slipping in the polls. I pray that all Christians, across denominational and party lines, will do the same this November. God, help us!
If you want to learn more about where each party stands on issues, here is an excellent resource: https://decisionmagazine.com/2020-election-guide/
Here is a local resource for unplanned pregnancies: https://optionsnow.org/
If you want to know more about forgiveness of sins or Jesus Christ go to: www.peacewithgod.net