November 6, 2016 by vlittle528
The election is a few short days away. This whole thing will be over. The worst election ever, in my opinion, will be behind us and we will have to deal with whatever the outcome is. Of course I have my opinion, I have already filled out my ballot and dutifully dropped it in the ballot box. It certainly wasn’t the easiest decision to make, and it did take some praying and even then I am not sure I did the right thing. But I did my part-and if nothing else maybe my vote will help influence the judges or amendments that pass.
For the most part I have tried to keep my thoughts to myself this election season. But there have been a few times where I tried to explain my thoughts to someone who genuinely asked. In two such cases I was told, in different ways, that I am in some way “less” of a Christian because of who I am voting for. My views don’t “line up” with Christian views because the person I am voting for is against Christian values. I wanted to point out the hypocrisy of what they were saying-they were JUDGING me. Not a very Christian value. I didn’t, though, because right now everyone is so busy yelling their opinions that they aren’t stopping to actually listen and try to understand what the other person is saying.
But let’s back up a minute. Quite frankly, BOTH candidates don’t line up with Christian values. But really, there isn’t anyone that would be able to be President and simultaneously hold true to their Christian beliefs. Wasn’t this the very reason Jesus came? Because not one person on this earth can possibly be holy and sinless? Being Christian doesn’t mean waving the bible around and telling people that not only do their views offend you but they make that person “bad”, or “un-Christian”. Being a Christian doesn’t mean judging others because you disagree with what they have to say. Being a Christian means realizing that everyone is sinful, and that God loved us so very much that he sent His Son down to take our punishment. Living a Christian life means trying as hard as you can to live like Jesus, failing time and time again but never giving up trying. It means behaving in a way that lets God’s light shine through you. Being a Christian has nothing to do with what candidate you feel is the lesser evil.
It is hard to pray for people that hurt us. It is hard to pray for people that are so opposite of what we believe that we get ill listening to them speak. It is hard to wish good for people that seem to have such dark hearts. And it is really hard to accept the fact that whoever wins, whatever happens, God’s got it. He’s taking care of it, it’s in His hands. No amount of shouting, accusing, unfriending, judging or shaming is going to change someone’s mind. In fact, it will do quite the opposite.
So what can we do, other than vote and pray and then pray some more? We can focus on the one very big Christian “issue” that God wants us to focus on. We can love one another. We can respect one another. We can listen to one another and try to learn and understand. We can pray for each other, pray for our communities, pray for the world, pray for the election. And then, no matter what happens, we can continue to pray. We can continue to love. And we can continue to live so that when people see us they can’t help but wonder why we have so much love to give, they can’t help but want to share our secret. We can be the “Christian issue” we want others to live up to.