Election Day! I have my sticker on! I hope you have voted as well. Here are my First Five thoughts on why my Christian/Biblical worldview compels me to vote.
1. As a Christian I vote because of my faith.
Christians cannot separate politics and faith. Following Christ permeates every area of my life. That is just the way it is for disciples. Because of the cross and resurrection of Christ, I see EVERYTHING differently than I did before. Even politics. Especially politics. I vote because of my faith. This sets the stage for my other four thoughts.
2. As a Christian with a Biblical worldview I vote for family.
The traditional view of family has taken a beating lately. In government. In mainstream media. My goodness, even in the church. Because the hot issues of the day are items such as homosexual marriage, abortion, population control due to global warming (yes, it’s out there) and even the President’s recent comments about stay-at-home mothers, I vote.
3. As a Christian I vote for candidates who support issues from a Biblical worldview.
I realize not everyone who runs for office who claims to be a Christian actually is a Christian, or even remotely acts like one. But I know a few. And I vote for them. I voted for James Lankford today. I know James as a friend and as a colleague in ministry. I would have voted for Jim Bridenstine if I had lived in his district during his last election. When these men say they governs from his faith…well, they are the real deal. So there are people out there running for office who are seeking to influence our society because Christ is the Lord of their life.
4. As a Christian I vote because the world is a dangerous place.
ISIS. Ebola. 13 years of war. People beheaded right here in Oklahoma. I know…politicians are not the ones who make us safe. And sin is ALWAYS going to be here. And people are very sinful. But I want the people who are making our laws to understand that we live in a dangerous world. Nuff said.
5. As a Christian I vote because I want to be a part of the solution.
Everybody knows what is wrong. And anyone can complain about it. But voting is a tiny little part of doing something to make things better. For instance, on the ballot in Oklahoma today were three amendments to the Oklahoma constitution that will make life for veterans a little bit better. Thanks Oklahoma. I know we cannot fix everything.
With these being my First Five – not the only ones, but the first five that came to mind – I recognize that Christians and churches come off wrong in the public eye. Especially around political issues. But Christ did not command us to stay out of the world and its system. I just want to be salt and light. Take a stand. Live out your faith. Oh, and vote.