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Voting My Faith, Not My Fears or Affinities
"The purpose of a man's heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out. Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?...The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it where he will. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart. To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice." -Proverbs 20:5-6; 21:1-3, ESV
Too often when Christians talk about voting, we talk about having to vote for the lesser of two evils. This usually forces us to vote based on our fears (financial security, health, etc.) and affinities (worldly comforts), rather than simply and confidently voting our faith, in accordance with the Word and precepts of God.
Throughout biblical history, when God’s people have waned from wholeheartedly following His Word, He lifted up pagan leaders (e.g., Pharaoh of Joseph’s time, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, King Cyrus of Persia, etc.) to care for and discipline His wandering flock, so that they might turn back to Him and flee from all wickedness. Since January 20, 2009, we've had a type of King Nebuchadnezzar rule over our great country because too many of God's people have become comfortable and lazy; compromising with the ways of this world that satisfy our fleshly desires to be healthy, wealthy and safe. And just like the Israelites experienced, the saints of America foolishly trusted the feign promises of our current president, rather than trust the LORD God Almighty for what is best for us—whether in plenty or in want.
It would benefit all of us to commit Proverbs 30:8-9 to memory; and learn to pray it continuously.
"Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, 'Who is the LORD?' or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God."
-Proverbs 30:8-9, ESV
Let us vote based on our consciences that God has so graciously cleansed with the blood of Christ our Savior. Let us not succumb to the lies of this world, and vote for those who tickle our ears (or prey on our fears), but let us vote for the presidential candidate who most honors the Lord and will do the following:
- Protect and provide God’s people with the freedom to worship the Almighty as He has commanded in every aspect of our lives;
- Uphold God’s commandments to honor the marriage union (which is essential because it's the earthly paradigm of Christ’s relationship with His Bride—the Church);
- Protect and defend the lives of those who cannot speak for themselves (unborn babies in their mother’s womb);
God commands us to do good, to love, to bless and pray for our enemies, and to be good citizens of the country in which He placed us. So let us behave like united saints of America and together, with one voice (Ex 24:3; 1 Cor 1:10) vote our faith; vote with a clear conscience before God and all people (Acts 24:16); to help promote, protect and defend what little morality is left in our country.
With the presidential primaries quickly approaching, I want to do all I can to help prepare you spiritually (with what I've already shared) and practically. And since there are so many issues and so many candidates making promises and statements that sound good, but perhaps aren't good (or true), I highly recommend this 20-30 minute (depending on fast you read and how familiar you are with the issues) quiz found on iSideWith.com.
There were some political issues I wasn't very familiar with, and therefore was delighted to find that iSideWith.com provides you with all the information you need to make a decision. There were of course, some issues, I was still undecided on, so I skipped those.
When taking this quiz, please make sure you rate how important or unimportant each issue is to you. This helps to determine which candidate(s) hold similar values to yours.
iSideWith com is a non-partisan site run by Taylor Peck (a political analyst and tech marketing consultant) and Nick Boutelier (who manages the technology, user experience, data and analytics for the site). They were established in March of 2012 and state that they "are not affiliated with any investors, shareholders, political party or interest group."
Upon completing the quiz, you can save your results and share them with your family and friends via email, social media or even with photos (like I did in this article). They also provide you with up-to-date information on popular political issues and data, and allow you to view a map of other people in the country who side with your political views.
When considering who to vote for, first go to Scripture to guide you, as the Word of the Lord is truly a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Ps 119:105). Then after much studying and meditating on God's Word, pray for the Lord to help you vote for the candidate that most honors Him. Then go to iSideWith.com and take the quiz, carefully, prayerfully and thoughtfully, remembering, "The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving." (Proverbs 14:8, ESV)