So, it's that time of year again. Elections are coming up. People are wanting to know where I stand and what I think. Who AM I going to vote for?? Well, I'm not. Truth be told, I never have voted nor do I intend to. Now, I know I'm going to get a lot of grief for this entry. But it's okay. I'm used to it by now. When you believe radical things like I do you get used to being in heated discussions. :) Let me share. This is my third election that I am eligible to vote for. My first one was when I was 18. I didn't vote, simply because I was too lazy. I was registered in a different county and didn't want to go through all the trouble of getting it changed. Silly, I know, but true. My story really starts with the election of 2004. I was 22. With the war in Iraq it seemed like this election was very heated and very important. And I had every intention of voting. I did my research, looked into each candidate and was going to vote. But then I started praying about it and reading my Bible. And something was very, very unsettled within me. I kept praying and reading. Something just didn't seem right. The day of election came and I drove to the place I was to vote. I sat in the parking lot for a good half hour, watching people walk in and out, praying, wondering. Finally, I started my car and drove away. And I have been at peace about it ever since. So, what was it that made me not vote. Well, one reason, it hurt my conscience to do so. As I read my Bible, I tossed aside everything I had been taught. Everything that had been ingrained in me since I was a child. "Vote. It's your American duty." "How will God's will be done if the Christians don't vote?" And I tried to see it through the eyes of Jesus. I didn't see him getting involved in politics. He realized that He was not a citizen of this world but a citizen of a higher kingdom. He told us to pray for those in charge and to obey our government. And that is all I read about being involved in the government. But the question was still on my mind, "If the Christians don't vote, how will His voice be heard??" And then I started reading 1 and 2 Kings. I saw how God's sovereignty is in no way effected by our actions. God knows all and is in control of all. I hope this is all making sense! I have lots of thoughts running around my head and am hoping they are coming out right. So, I don't vote. Quite simply, because I don't believe God wants me too. As I look at this years election I see that both McCain and Obama claim to be christians. So, if they are both brothers in Christ how am I to support one and offend the other? How am I to wear the t-shirts, post the signs, whatever, for one? I just couldn't do that to another brother. God has already declared who is going to be the next president. I feel my job is simply to pray for both McCain and Obama, as their sister it is my job. I have no idea who will win the election. But I find peace in knowing that He does. I encourage you to read your Bible on this subject. Toss aside everything our American culture has told you and seek His will. If you read and pray and still feel the need to vote. Then do! God forbid, you do something you feel is wrong. Which is exactly why I don't vote. Hope that explains a little about why I'm so quiet when it comes to politics. Let the comments begin!
Running the race by His grace,