Christians should get out to vote on Tuesday

Published 3:08 pm Saturday, November 1, 2008

In the book of Isaiah we read, “Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter.” (59:14).

I am writing to encourage Christians to vote in this election. A Christian is one who claims Jesus Christ as savior and Jesus said he is the way to eternal life. Anyone who says he is a Christian and yet allows for another savior, by definition, is not a Christian.

As Christians, how do we decide for whom to vote? We all have issues that are important to us; probably we all prioritize those issues. Some issues are easier to understand than others: pro-life versus pro-abortion, heterosexual marriage versus homosexual marriage, and the legislative branch making laws (a recent trend), issues such as the economy, health care and energy sources are so complex how can any one candidate claim to understand the problem much less “know” that he has the solution?

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Let’s look for the candidates, whether Republicans or Democrats, whose positions and values are most closely aligned with ours.

If campaigning was reduced to a printed document stating each candidates priorities, proposals and previous voting records we should have the necessary information to make educated decisions on election day. As a bonus, look how much time, money and effort would be conserved and directed to a worthy cause! Instead, we have a barrage of promises that will never be fulfilled!

Noah Webster, founding father, said, “If a Republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine command, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”

Christians, please vote on Tuesday! Vote to support and protect biblical family values. Then as the apostle Paul says, “I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and Thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” (I Timothy 2:1,2)

Grace Griffith

Albert Lea