The Decision on Who You Vote For Depends on Other Decisions
This being the year we are electing a president, politics have been discussed a lot. More than one person has stopped me and asked me who they should vote for: Governor Romney or President Obama. They are a little surprised by my answer.
I tell them, “Who you vote for depends on how you have worked out the place and responsibilities of government in your worldview.”
This is where a lot of us get in trouble. We’ve never taken the time, never done the hard work in figuring out our own worldview. We hear a lot of people talk about the need for a Christian worldview, which means how you view life through a Christian perspective. While we will agree that everybody needs to have a Christian worldview, we’ve never sat down and actually worked through what that would mean for us in our everyday decisions.
Here are some things to consider in making this decision.
How do we see government working in our worldview, or what are the legitimate roles of government in your worldview? Consider these. . .
- Does the government provide for the common defense and security of our citizens?
- Do you believe government has a role in caring for the poor? In what way?
- Do you believe government has a role in education? How do you see that being worked out?
These are important issues and they are just a few to consider. Once you work through your worldview the next step is to find out the worldview of the candidates.
- What does President Obama believe? Not what do people say he believes, but what does he believe? Where do you find that out? Both candidates have very good websites. Do not trust the interpretation of the professional talking heads on the news. Do the hard work and read the documents for yourself.
- Which candidate best aligns with your worldview? That’s who you vote for.
Now, understand. Neither candidate will be a perfect match. Each one will have pros and cons. . .good things and bad things. Which one best aligns with what you believe? Once you find that out, you are ready to make the decision on who you will vote for. Until then, you’re really not prepared to vote.
Let me offer you one more suggestion, and again, this may surprise you. Some of you need to consider running for public office. Every year we bemoan the fact that we do not have enough good candidates running for office, and yet, none of us will offer ourselves as candidates.
- Run for the city council.
- Run for the school board.
- Get involved in your neighborhood watch program.
More good people need to be involved in the day to day process of politics if our country is going to achieve the greatness we all believe in.
So, we have about a month until the election of the president and it seems like we have enough work to keep us busy. Do the hard work and pray over it all. How will you be deciding how to vote this year?