Your vote, my future

Fifty percent of Christians are registered voters. Twenty-five percent actually vote. That leaves 75% of Christians in comfortable Category Apathetic.

You might wonder why I’m interested in politics. I wouldn’t describe myself as a political person—I hate arguments, back-biting, and conflict, which often occur during political campaigns. But I am passionate about my role as a Christian in my country, and I never want to let an opportunity slip away when I could have made a difference.

The 2012 presidential elections are a hot topic in Christian circles. I’ve heard plenty of extreme statements.

“This country will never be the same.”

“I don’t really care about politics anymore.”

“Romney will save the country.”

No, he won’t. Only Jesus can do that. And I know that no matter who is President, Jesus is always King.

But don’t let that cushion your nonvoting argument. I don’t know of any place in the Bible that calls a Christian to be apathetic.

Romney’s religion is a huge source of contention in my circle of friends. Can a Christian vote for a Mormon, someone who doesn’t believe in the same God? If elections were based on theology, Christians could rarely ever cast a ballot. (Is an atheist better or worse than a Mormon?) Many dislike the phrase “voting for the lesser of two evils,” but elections are always between two sinners. The main religious function of a President is to protect religious liberty. Will a Mormon do that? I sure think so.

The political issue closest to my heart is that of abortion. Our next president will have some big decisions with a direct impact on this issue. Ever heard of the HHS mandate? It’s a part of Obamacare, and it requires all employers to provide health plans with free contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs. Yes, Biden was lying in the VP debate—the narrow “religious exemptions” in the HHS mandate don’t include Catholic hospitals, schools and charities.

If you have no other reason to vote for the Romney-Ryan ticket, vote for their pro-life stand. Watch Ryan’s answer about abortion at last night’s VP debate. He said, “…the policy of a Romney administration will be to oppose abortion with the exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother.” Biden’s response: “I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people, women that they cannot control their body. It’s a decision between them and their doctor in my view, and the Supreme Court.” Make your choice.

No, the Romney-Ryan administration won’t fix everything. But they believe in keeping the traditional definition of marriage and protecting the lives of the unborn. (Notice they’ve never said they are against gays—they just want to keep the same definition of marriage we’ve had for 5,000 years. Homosexuality isn’t anything new, and neither is marriage.) In voting for the President, we are essentially voting for at least two new Supreme Court justices who will serve for the rest of their lives. And since 2008, Obama has appointed 160 judges to the federal court system.

For me, voting isn’t just a right, it’s a responsibility. Over 1,300,000 men and women have died protecting that right. And we are the voices for over 50 million babies who have been aborted in the last forty years. That’s almost as many votes as McCain received in the 2008 election.

I know that the elections are in God’s hands, and His will is perfect. But God uses us to perform His will, and we have to be willing to be salt and light in the world. As my brother Caleb wisely said, “We don’t know if God’s will is for bad things to happen until we Christians exhaust every possible way for good to happen.”

I don’t have a degree in economics, but my dad was out of a steady job for two years during the Obama administration. I don’t know much about business, but both of my grandpas and my dad have run small businesses, and I’ve worked two summers for one—come to think of it, none of them are multi-millionaires, and they’ve worked hard all their lives. I’m not an expert on the judicial system, but my brother is a lawyer, and I’ve heard him talk plenty about his work. I’m not well-educated in foreign policy, but I have family in the military, and I’ve talked to countless veterans who have told me, with tears in their eyes, “We’re so thankful that at least one young person cares about her country.”

I’ve heard numerous people say, “Yeah, but politics just isn’t my thing. I honestly couldn’t care less.” If you or your spouse has a job, then it’s your economy and your taxes that you’re voting for. If you have kids, it’s their future that you’re voting for. It’s not just politics.

You have two choices for President: Romney or Obama. (Yes, I know there are third parties, but I can’t even remember their names.) If you don’t vote, or if you vote for a third party, you are essentially voting for whoever wins.

I’m seventeen. I can’t vote this election. But if you are eighteen or over, you have the opportunity to help define America’s next four years. You are responsible for speaking up for your future, my future, and your kids’ future, just by filling in a few boxes on your ballot. Please don’t waste your vote.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Therefore, anyone who knows what is right and does not do it is guilty of sin. (James 4:17)

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Aunt Terri
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 21:18:53

    Jessica, you are spot on!!! Keep it up girl! I wish you could vote this year. I pray your comments will get people thinking and acting on their responsibilities as citizens!

    Reply

  2. Samantha
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 04:03:30

    Preach it, sister 🙂 I truly do believe that Christians need to vote and stand up for what is right regardless of the conflicts it may cause. If we don’t, who will? It’s our responsibility.

    Reply

  3. Jeff Miller
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 20:27:08

    Jessica,
    I have never met you, but you are a careful thinker, an excellent writer and, most importantly, Scriptural ! Lord Bless!

    Reply

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