As September winds to a close, we find ourselves in the midst of a hard fought and at times, nasty political campaign. Two men are pitted against one another for the Presidency of the United States. Their views are widely divergent, and the press, as well as the political machines on both sides, has polarized the electorate.
I won’t go into platforms, although they do have some importance. What I do want to talk about today is morality and righteousness. This nation, like it or not, was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Both faiths share some things in common. Whether we believe in the Christ, or believe the Messiah is yet to come, we share our belief in the one true God, and that the Bible (I realize my Jewish brethren obviously do not accept the New Testament, but bear with me,) is the inerrant Word of God. If this is true, and it is, then we must judge what is right and what is wrong by the words within. Fortunately, there is guidance there for all these situations.
Take for example one of the most controversial issues today, that of abortion. It is certainly divisive, and I have heard believers argue both sides of the issue with passion. In the end though, the entire argument boils down to a woman’s right to decide what she wants for her body versus an infant’s right to live. You can call the unborn child what you want, it does not alter the fact that it is a living being. The question then is simply what does the Word say? What about social issues? Again what does the Word say? How about homosexual rights, should they be allowed to marry? Again, go to the Word, search it out, what does it say? Any issue, let me repeat that, any issue, of a moral or ethical nature that we face is answered right there.
So let’s not argue over who is the best candidate. Let us not look at their charisma, color, religion, or any such thing. Look at their deeds, look at their words, and consider who is walking according to the tenets of the Word, and who is not. No, you will not find the perfect candidate, but then again, you and I are not so perfect either, so consider prayerfully, ask God to grant you wisdom, and then vote. It’s not just your right, it’s your responsibility.