If you’re a procrastinator who likes a narrow window in which to act, there’s a narrow window opening for you shortly – the opportunity to vote.
Considering all a busy woman has to do, it is easy to put off voting. However, let’s reconsider that.
We are often busy with privileges we do not want to lose. Voting gives us a voice in that. Although voting comes up rarely, it affects much – our schools, laws, government, taxes, day to day life.
Voting is not just an opportunity. For Christian citizens of our country, it is a major way to fulfill our calling as salt and light. Salt is a preservative, flavor enhancer, and thirst producer. Light reveals and shows the way.
When we vote, the country benefits and we maintain saltiness.
Let’s be diligent and shine our light (His light) by 1) informing ourselves and 2) voting for the candidates and issues that honor God.
Pastor Tony Evans of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Dallas suggests a way to discern how to vote. On a piece of paper make four or more columns. One for the issue, one for what scripture says about the issue, and one for each candidate’s position on the issue. Then we can see who or what bills line up with God’s wisdom. We can find out what a candidate stands for by reading or listening to his/her statements AND by checking his/her actual votes in the past. These are available online or by calling the candidate’s office.
Let’s be saltier and brighter still! If appropriate, we can take our children to the polls with us, modelling good citizenship and helping them acquire the taste. Or, we can swap babysitting with a friend, enabling each of us to vote. We can give a nondriving friend a ride to the polls.
If getting to the polls Election Day is impossible, vote ahead absentee. It’s easy.
Hey, did you notice I’m doing this blog the week BEFORE we vote? Yea!
This week, let’s think through who and what issues we will vote for as part of diligently being salt and light in our country. Thank you, Lord, for the privilege!