Like many people I know, I’m still wrangling through how I’ll vote on Election Day when it comes to the top spot on the ticket.
I’m thoroughly and unapologetically conservative in my views, though I certainly do not always agree with the decisions and actions of my party. Nonetheless, for all of the seven presidential elections in which I have pulled levels or filled in circles, the choice for me has been quite clear. This year, however, my choice is not so clear. My Christian conscience has been deeply offended by so much in this election cycle that it’s hard to know what to do.
As I continue to process through my decision, I’ve been helped in several ways. First, the small group of which my family is a part has spent considerable time discussing and praying about the election. Second, just about every day I listen to World Magazine’s daily news podcast, “The World and Everything in It,” for a Biblically-informed commentary on the election, the candidates, and the challenges that the church is likely to face in the next years, regardless of who occupies the Oval Office. And finally, it has been very helpful to actually read through the party platforms for the two major parties and those of other less well-known parties or candidates.
(You can click on the links below for more information about some of the parties that will have candidates on the ballot or who have candidates that can be “written in” on Election Day.)
In your own research and decision-making, I’d encourage you to seek out the kinds of resources I’ve mentioned above. Talk with your Christian friends to hear their perspective. Find quality sources that interpret the issues surrounding the election from a distinctively Christian perspective. Lastly, do your homework. Don’t settle for news outlet soundbites and Facebook rants; actually read what the parties and candidates are saying about their vision for our country and where they stand on issues.
For many people, this is the first time that they are considering voting outside of the two major parties or not voting at all. Truth is, we do have many options for making our voice heard. For instance, in New York, voters can write in a candidate from a list of registered write-in candidates. (The list will be published by the state soon.) What I don’t think is an option is to sit back and neglect to fully engage the decision-making process, prayerfully considering what a faithful servant of Christ should do. It is likely that the cultural environment in which we live, raise our families, and worship our Lord will continue to rapidly change. Let us make certain that our voices as followers of Christ are heard.