The last election had multiple problems. Too many Republican candidates were more interested in their own careers, Christians who wouldn’t vote, and allegations of voter fraud. In this article, I would like to encourage you to get out and vote for the best possible candidate.
It is my prayer that the Republicans and Democrats think about the people they represent and our country, less about their career longevity; our economy and our fly-away budget; and work on our healthcare. It is my prayer that the Republican party stops being a party that compromises and one that steps up even if it might be an unpopular choice. It is also my prayer that we can stop voter fraud and dead people from voting.
In 2012, a lot of chatter happened on blogs and social media, focusing on Mitt Romney’s Mormon background. Friends of mine told me point blank they wouldn’t vote for a Mormon. Depending upon what news sources you read, Christians either didn’t show up to vote due to the Mormon issue, or places like NBC said, “
“In fact, white evangelicals/born-again Christians made up the same percentage of the electorate as they did in 2008 – 26%. They voted for Mitt Romney, a devout Mormon, by a wider margin than they did for Sen. John McCain four years ago.”
In my opinion, I am with Franklin Graham when he said,
“We know that from of the statistics that I’ve heard that the majority of Christians in this country just did not vote for whatever reason. The vast majority of evangelicals did not go to the polls.” We have ourselves to blame, Graham said.
And we do have ourselves to blame. There is no such thing as not voting. You either make a decision or the decision will be made for you. Let’s not repeat 2012’s error by not voting because someone follows a cultish religion. If you have a choice between worse and not-so-bad, vote not-so-bad. That was the Christian’s choice in 2012.
So if you don’t know whom to vote for, consider doing the following five things:
- Vote on the better candidate. Not voting is voting. For those who voted for Obama the first and second time, or didn’t vote both times, you are responsible for the mess our country is in. Your non-vote or your vote for Obama gave us Obamacare or the Affordable Healthcare Act, IRS attacks on conservatives and churches, new hate crime laws that protect the very people who want to harm society, and executive orders bypassing congress.
- When someone shares an article, do a search on the topic and read both sides of the argument. Learn how to intelligently comment and talk about the things going on in our lives. Watching one news source, even one like Fox News, keeps you in a bubble. Everyone has a bias. You need to make your own decisions. This also prevents the sharing of hoaxes and badly written articles whose sources can’t be verified. When we forward on our emails or share on our social media places bad information, it makes your party and you look bad. It makes you a less than reliable source for people to come to regarding politics.
- Keep Discussions Civil. Disagreement is not hate or a personal attack against you. This happens on both the conservative and liberal sides. It’s not just one side that is always name-calling and attacking. I’m a conservative, but I am also a believer in Christ. This means I see everything through His lens, including my own behavior.
- Ask questions. When you disagree with someone, ask questions. Questions in a friendly tone of voice create safe discussion where perhaps the conclusion might be a different perspective.
- Vote. I don’t care how early the voting polls are open or if Person of Interest will start soon. Hit the record button and go vote. Or register for early voting.
To help you, I have provided a link to an election guide. Write down who and what you are voting for in your own area so that when you arrive at the polls you can get in and out without trying to figure out what you forgot.