Is there anyone else out there struggling to know how to vote in this upcoming Presidential election? In the interests of full disclosure, I make almost no social media political posts, except to recognize our military. One, I don’t feel like I have anything particularly wise to add to the discussion and two, I doubt a single person has ever changed a political view based on some of the negative back and forth I’ve seen out there. And let’s be honest, most of it is quite negative.
But, today, I break that political silence to ask for your help. Because I am torn. I do not know how I am going to vote. I know that voting is a privilege too few in this world are given. I do not want to take it for granted.
I am proud to be an American. My dad’s family came over from Korea in the late 1800s for a better life. I am so grateful that they did. Even more, I am thankful to be a Christian living in America. I also have the extra blessing of being a military wife.
I am truly a “glass half full” type of person, but it’s getting harder to stay that way these days. This country was founded on Judeo-Christian values and yet I get criticized for wanting to uphold those very values. I know I am not looking to find a new pastor. But I still hope the leader of the United States (and perhaps the free world) would have similar values.
I have friends who support Trump and I have friends who support Clinton. There even seems to be no clear consensus among Christian friends either. I would consider all of these friends to be both intelligent and compassionate.
This is my struggle. What if my conscience won’t allow me to vote for anyone who is nominated? What if I don’t see anyone whose actions seem to support my own core values? (And by “voting” I mean giving this person my support, believing in their record, their integrity, trusting this person will put the interests of the country ahead of their personal agenda.) Is that too much to ask for? Maybe my expectations are unrealistic that a leader should really be the best servant?
Should I just choose (excuse my lack of a better term) “the lesser of two evils”?
Should I not vote at all?
Should I vote by pencilling in someone I could support (Mike Rowe perhaps)?
Needless to say there are plenty of voices out there trying to tell us how to vote. Too many, amIright? How does a person filter through it all and vote their conscience?
But I can rest assured because I don’t place my ultimate hope in America’s next president. Romans 13:1 tell us that “there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (This reality does not prevent us, however, from getting a bad leader.) 1 Corinthians 10:31 says “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Personally, I’m gonna take that to include voting.
What will this all look like for you come November 8, 2016?
We would love to hear from you. And let’s keep it classy and nice people. Thanks in advance!