The election is coming up, with many things to be decided. We have state elections that involve propositions, senators, etc. But, by far the biggest election is for the presidency.
Obama and Romney have both squared off in what many believe to be an extremely important election. Regardless of how you believe this election to be, it is important for us as believers to allow our voices to be heard through the process of voting.
There are many Christians who share their views about who to vote for. Also, many pastors have decided to share their views from the pulpit. Take a look here to read about it.
My goal is not to tell you who to vote for. I simply want to communicate one simple concept:
Vote by values.
Values are not only the things we believe. Values are those things we believe which also have importance in our lives.
I can say I “believe” something, but if it’s not really important to me, it really isn’t a value.
For example, I could say that couples should stay married for life. But, if I don’t live that out personally and stay committed to my wife through thick and thin, it isn’t much of a value, is it?
So, as you go to the voting booth, ask yourself this question: “What do I value most?”
There are lots of issues: the economy, national debt, abortion, foreign policy, marriage, immigration, jobs, etc.
I am amazed when people vote for presidents based off of the “cool factor”, or their “speaking ability”, or their “debate ability”, or any other personality trait (this goes for both Republicans and Democrats). This shows what people value (personality and style over substance).
Before you vote, take an inventory of what you value most, then pick the candidate that best represents those values.
As Christians, let me be clear: Do not allow your values to be influenced by the changing winds of society and its version of “truth”. Instead, allow your values to be influenced by the unchanging Truth of the Word of God.