Now let me be perfectly honest here. I read my Voters' Pamphlet the other day when I was trying to
So how do we do it? For most of us we choose issues we feel strongly about--the economy, the environment, abortion--and cast our votes based on those things. Voting this way tends to lead us to a specific party, which simplifies the voting process--just look for the right letter after the person's name, and wah-lah, voting is simple.
However, it's not simple for me. And I suspect there are a whole lot of people like me out there. I do lean one way more than another. But my allegiance can never be to one political party, because I answer to an eternal one. So I must take care with my vote...take it more seriously than simply look for a political affiliation. All the initiatives are mind-numbing to read through. To try and make sense of, let alone try to imagine what the long-range effects of them will be. So I read and think and pray, to treat it all with a great seriousness but not to take myself too seriously. In the end, as I sign my name and seal the envelope, to trust in God's sovereignty.
Yes, to trust in His sovereignty in this nation of ours where people with great ambition (but not necessarily the greatest integrity) sit in the seats of power. To trust that He can work His righteousness even through those who do not honor or know Him. Do you believe this? I do. I believe that His power overwhelms the power of mere humans, that His authority makes man's look like the authority of a gnat (to paraphrase CS Lewis). So, as I mail my ballot, I ask Him to be God. To overwhelm any flaws in my vote. To not let my voice get in the way of His voice, even in this election. I am thankful for my right to vote, but my only true allegiance belongs to the King.