Why I did not vote…
1. Neither candidate promoted my stances on abortion, foreign policy, fiscal responsibility, morality (although Romney’s Mormon background puts him in the ball park), gay marriage, the rights of the states to govern themselves, bureaucratic downsizing, public education, and more.
2. Our popular vote and electoral college system for selecting president are not true to a Representative Democracy. My one vote counts for nothing if the other person wins. Therefore, I am not represented.
3. Laws are created and made in Congress, not the White House. The president can veto a bill, but the congress can still pass it with the appropriate number of votes. Therefore it is imperative that we elect congressional representatives (House and Senate) who will fill that requirement and pass legislation that furthers the morality we believe is universal. If you think that there is any law that is not governed in some way by morality then you have deceived yourself.
4. I failed to educate myself on my local persons running for office and the various other pieces of legislation that ended up on the ballot. By being irresponsible in researching who and what was on the ballot I would have cast a “blind” vote, extremely irresponsible in and of itself.
5. Probably one of the biggest reasons I did not vote is for religious reasons. I do not believe that America is a Christian nation, nor has it ever been wholly Christian from a political standpoint. It was founded by white, young and middle-aged landowners, many of whom had slaves when the words, “all men are created equally” were written. They typically had a Christian background and society was culturally aligned with those Christian principles when it came to their social norms and mores.
They were not looking ahead when they wrote those words. They meant that all white, landowners were created equally. Not women. Not slaves. Not anyone else. So from a religious stand point I do not agree with the importance of a political system being Christian-based other than for protection.
But here lies the problem. Protection leads to complacency. Protection allows people to say, “I believe” without having to show any outward sign that those words are more than lip service. We have entered into a time in our society when the words, “I believe” are having to be proved.
Proved in how we live our life. How we raise our children. How we educate our children. How we align ourselves politically. How we treat our neighbors who hate us for believing that homosexuality is against a loving God’s design. For believing that life begins at conception and that abortion is not a healthcare issue for women, but a life or death issue for an unborn child.
The reality is, this is not fully why we, the Christian body of believers, is hated.
We are hated because we are not living according to the teachings of the Christ.
Ask yourself the hard questions from Jesus’ sermon on the mount out of Matthew 5-7. Are you loving your neighbor? How? Do you fast? Why? Are you more anxious about food and clothing than you are to see someone fall in love with the vast love of our Savior and the forgiveness He offers? There are more questions. Read it. Introspect. See why our enemies hate us. See why our neighbors (not just those that live beside you, but anyone inside your daily circle of influence from the cashier at the grocery store to your boss) can’t stand to be around a Christian. Not because of what you do, but because of what you are not doing.
Or maybe you are doing these things but your heart is so hard towards sin and sinners that you come across as unloving. When you see someone in sin that you do not know, is your first reaction disgust? Do you wish that the person wasn’t there in front of you, at that moment, and maybe even that they were never born? Be honest. Don’t lie to yourself.
See, the reality is, we are all sinners. Constantly. We all need the Savior’s love. We all need to turn from some sort of sin in our lives. We need to let Jesus shave the plank that is sticking in our eye down so that we can see clearly to minister to people where they are.
Don’t be afraid to believe. And don’t be afraid to live for Christ. Be afraid to not live for Christ. “For not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord ,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21
And FYI. I am guilty too. Help me change our culture in America so that it spills out into the global community. Study the Bible. Live for Jesus as though your life depends on it. Because it does.