Former procrastinators, it’s an easy time to procrastinate. This national election is so deeply concerning that it is easier to turn away and look at other things. Perhaps that’s how we got here. Many who know truth have not stepped forward when needed. Many have chosen not to even learn truth – or not to believe it. Not to act. And here we are. Sometimes I have been included in that number.
As former procrastinators, let’s remember to show up on Election Day.
We mustn’t let discouragement block our path to action. We are needed.
I’m writing this blog a little early so we can use the extra days to research and learn. Here are some thoughts regarding the coming election.
- There are important senate and congressional races plus state and local candidates and issues. Research those for your area so you are prepared to vote. These can impact the national scene.
- See what benefits and harms will follow. Check out who makes the claims.
- Read party platforms.
- Research statements or claims made. Some are true, some not. Sometimes an exact quote is not true, but past words and work indicate the position.
- Remember everybody comes from some perspective. Check the source of articles, writers, publishers. What are their leanings? They are free to lean as they choose. Do they “lean” toward God’s truth?
- Check to see who has sponsored an article.
- Check voting records on particular issues.
- Remember that how we perceive what people say is not necessarily how they vote. We might understand a statement to mean one thing, when the words are actually a smoke screen to cover a different position.
- Remember language is manipulated to make a candidate, position or program sound noble. Check God’s Word to see if what is proclaimed or has been voted for lines up with God’s opinion.
- Follow Pastor Tony Evans’ advice to write down the issue, the candidate, the candidate’s position, and what God’s Word says about the issue. Vote for the candidate who lines up most closely with God’s Word.
- No political “answer,” no person is our savior. Only Jesus Christ is our Savior. Since we belong to Him, we have a responsibility to be salt and light. In this country, part of what that means is doing the research, seeking God’s wisdom, and showing up to vote.
Are we late coming to the game? Did we put off getting involved? Who did that leave in charge on the field? Let’s get out there! Do what needs doing when it needs doing. Pray for mercy, wisdom, courage. Now and afterwards, walk in the truth. Praise God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
What issues will you check out this week?