Glorify God With Your Vote part 4

The value of Chuck Baldwin’s candidacy is not in his viability.  I think the value of Chuck Baldwin’s candidacy, or the valueof the Constitutionalist Party, or for that matter, any third party or candidate, at this point in history is this…a vote for someone outside of the two major parties is a vote against the current direction of the U. S. leadership.  I use Baldwin as an example, because he holds my views more closely than any other candidate, and the Constitutionalist Party platform contains just about all the major points that I look for in a candidate.

My plan here in Tennessee is to wait another week or so, see where the polls are, and then vote.  I have two reasons for this.  First, I want to express my dissatisfaction with the current direction of both the Republicans and the Democrats.  Second, I will not risk my vote of dissension at the expense of millions of unborn children.  So if the race is close, and I suspect here in Tennessee it won’t be, I will vote for McCain/Palin.  But if it is not close, I will vote for Baldwin/Castle.

You see, voting is a matter of conscience, and my conscience will not allow me to take away a vote from the only person standing in the way of the murder of countless unborn babies.  But at the same time, I cannot sit by and let the direction of our Country be put at risk.

McCain says that education is is the civil rights issue of our time.  He’s wrong about that.  Education may be a civil rights issue, but the civil rights issue of our time is abortion.  So what I am proposing is that we use sound judgment in our vote.  My conscience will be less vexed with a vote for McCain than it would be with a wasted vote for Baldwin if the race is close.

Now in conclusion, I want you to all understand one more thing.  Not only are we to vote for someone who will promote justice and sound judgment, we are to recognize our rights in a free society to stand up ourselves for justice in the world.  What it means to be a Christian and an American citizen is that we ourselves have the responsibility as Christians, and the right as Americans, to voice our convictions, not just on election day, but every single day of the year.  We must be voices for righteousness and justice in our nation.  Part of that is supporting the candidates that share our convictions, but that is not all of it.

We have the responsibility before God to support the oppressed and those at the point of death who have had injustice on top of injustice poured out on them, and make sure that the injustices that have happened to them never happen to others.  Ultimately, we are to act as citizens of Heaven, loving God and trusting Him to be the final Judge of mankind, while loving our fellow-man, by speaking up on his behalf when others will not.  The way to glorify God with your vote is to vote for those who will stand up for justice and thenlive your life standing up against injustice yourself.  A vote for the right man spearated from the right actions on your part isn’t God-glorifying.  A vote for the right accompanied by the right actions from is a God-glorifying vote.

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15 responses to “Glorify God With Your Vote part 4

  1. DJ

    Just in case you didn’t know, Baldwin will be on the ballot here in TN. I like the Constitution Party, except for making it seem like you have to be a Christian to endorse their platform or vote for their candidates.

    “The Constitution Party gratefully acknowledges the blessing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as Creator, Preserver and Ruler of the Universe and of these United States. We hereby appeal to Him for mercy, aid, comfort, guidance and the protection of His Providence as we work to restore and preserve these United States.”

  2. In my opinion, if you have certain situations in which you will change your vote, then you are not voting on principle.

    If you believe McCain is the best man for the job, then vote McCain…if Baldwin, then vote for him. I do not understand voting based upon viability, unless the race is not close, and then changing to vote on principle.

    I’m voting for Baldwin based upon principle, and then trusting that God will place in office whomever He has decreed to win.

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Brian,

    I have two main principles in this election. Neither of them are embodied in any single man. They are principles…not people.

    1) Abortion is evil. It must be stopped at any cost.
    2) Capitalism is good and should be encouraged.

    Given the choice between the two I’m going to vote against abortion first, and for capitalism second.

    Listen, I’m going to make this as nice as possible. I think first of all that it is rude for you to accuse me of not voting on principle when I made it absolutely clear in these four posts what my principles are, and how I arrived at my decision on how I will vote.

    Second, I’ve read all your ‘vote your conscience’ posts. I am voting my conscience, but it seems that because we don’t share the same conscience that you think either I don’t have one or I am violating it.

    Third, if viability should not be a consideration in our decisions, then you are advocating foolish behavior that will at best turn the Bible into our own personal ‘magic 8 ball’. That’s not discounting God’s revealed will in Scripture. That should always be the starting point. But Scripture doesn’t tell me what my career choice should be, and it doesn’t tell me who to vote for. It does tells me what to vote for. I’ve got to use Biblical principles, a Biblical Worldview, and a little God-given common sense in my decisions. Looking at viability in light of Scripture can show you which way God is directing.

    Fourth, I’m trusting God to put whoever He has chosen in the office of President as well. But that does not absolve me of any responsibility in my decision making process. I would love not having to think about these issues deeply and prioritizing them, but alas, I must.

    Finally, are you telling me that there is absolutely no situation conceivable that would cause you to change your vote? I don’t buy that for one second.

  4. Jeremy, Excellent post and excellent series. Probably the best on the blogsphere I have read from a Christian perspective.

    I do have one question that I have often wondered about and this is a sincere question, I truly don’t know the answer. Where in the Bible does it talk about calling a pastor?

  5. Lewis,

    I don’t think there is a specific passage that says anything about ‘calling a Pastor’ in the sense of getting together as a Church and voting on someone.

    The Apostles normally appointed Pastors or Elders in Acts, and then Paul told Titus (and Timothy? I don’t have my Bible here handy at the moment) to appoint Elders in every city.

    I think that’s significant for two reasons. First, ‘Elders’ is plural and ‘city’ is singular. Titus is told to appoint more than one Elder in every city.

    Second, the Elders, or Pastors, are men who have been called by God into that office. In other words, the Apostles appointment was not what made them Pastors, but it was the affirmation of what God had already done.

    Let’s remember that these are new Churches as well. I think what we find in the Pastoral Epistles after the initial appointment is that the Elders are to be actively engaged in training younger men who have evidenced this calling from God in their lives. These men would then be confirmed or rejected by the Church when the time came for them to step up into the position after the Elders that had been appointed had either died or become unable to fulfill their roles as Pastors.

    This is the model that I believe we need to follow. The Church needs to affirm more than one man as Pastors, or Elders, and then the Pastors must actively train other men who will be able to teach other men and let the cycle continue to repeat itself.

    Of course, anyone who is to assume the office of Pastor can only do so as they are affirmed in that role by their own congregation.

    There may be a specific passage that addresses this issue more, but I can’t think of it right now if there is. I’ll check and get back to you tomorrow.

  6. Oh yeah, thank you for the kind words about my posts. I don’t believe it, but I appreciate them anyway. 🙂

  7. Jeremy,

    No need to take offense, my brother, and I am sorry they offended you. But, I didn’t take offense at your calling my voting for someone other than McCain a wasted vote, and an act NOT glorifying to God.

    Why is it that if you vote your conscience (McCain or Baldwin, depending on the chances of McCain wining) it is God-glorifying, and if I vote my conscience (Baldwin), it is wasted and not glorifying to God?

    I believe Scripture is quite clear regarding the role of women, especially with respect to being a mother and wife. How can Palin being above her husband in authority be biblical…not to mention that McCain voted to send our country further into debt (the $850 billion plan) instead of allowing the market to correct itself. Financial management 101…you never go into debt to stay out of debt.

    Looking at viability in light of Scripture can show you which way God is directing? So, did Wilberforce go against the way
    God was directing since he was voting for something that, in the beginning, was NOT viable?

    I understand your reasons for voting for McCain, but I am confused as to why you would change your vote if there is no chance that he will win TN. IF that becomes that case, then there is really no purpose in you voting at all, since Baldwin is not a viable candidate. What would be the point?

    Again, I am sorry you took offense at my comments.

  8. “No need to take offense, my brother, and I am sorry they offended you. But, I didn’t take offense at your calling my voting for someone other than McCain a wasted vote, and an act NOT glorifying to God.”

    I didn’t say that at all.

    “I believe Scripture is quite clear regarding the role of women, especially with respect to being a mother and wife. How can Palin being above her husband in authority be biblical…not to mention that McCain voted to send our country further into debt (the $850 billion plan) instead of allowing the market to correct itself. Financial management 101…you never go into debt to stay out of debt.”

    Scripture is clear also clear concerning adultery. Why is it that you would have considered voting for McCain before his selection of Palin as Vice-President? Scripture is clear concerning abortion…should we not use our votes in the best way to combat abortion?

    “Looking at viability in light of Scripture can show you which way God is directing? So, did Wilberforce go against the way God was directing since he was voting for something that, in the beginning, was NOT viable?”

    No, because Wilberforce clearly saw in God’s Word that slavery is sin.

    “I understand your reasons for voting for McCain, but I am confused as to why you would change your vote if there is no chance that he will win TN. IF that becomes that case, then there is really no purpose in you voting at all, since Baldwin is not a viable candidate. What would be the point?”

    McCain will win Tennessee. He will win TN in a landslide. My point was that if the polls narrowed to such a point that Obama had a chance of winning TN, then I need to vote for McCain in order to keep the most pro-abortion Presidential candidate ever out of the White House. While a conservative President himself can’t do much about abortion, other than nominate conservative judges, a liberal President can sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would be sent to him by a liberal Congress, and which would remove the ability of any conservative anywhere to do anything about abortion from a legal standpoint.

    If I see that McCain will win TN handily, then I will vote for Baldwin, for the only reason that anyone anywhere should vote for him, to let Republicans know that I am not happy with the direction that they are taking and to create more viability for the Constitutionalist Party in upcoming elections.

  9. Scripture is also clear concerning adultery. Why is it that you would have considered voting for McCain before his selection of Palin as Vice-President?

    I wasn’t considering voting for McCain prior to Palin’s selection. In fact, I was seriously considering not voting at all for a presidential candidate until Palin was selected. And then, upon reflection and consideration of the biblical roles for women, I realized that I could not in good conscience vote for McCain if it would further take Palin away from her family and place her even more in authority over her husband.

    Baldwin, for me, is purely a vote on principle. I believe he is the best candidate running, as you have also said. Yet, I am voting based upon that principle, and it seems that you are not. You said earlier that you found it hard to believe that there was not a circumstance in which I would change my vote. Since my vote is on principle, and not circumstance, I cannot think of why I would change my vote…unless I learned of something egregious about Baldwin. But, then again, my vote would be based on principle and not some circumstance.

    God bless you, brother.

  10. That first line was supposed to be quotes, since you said it. Sorry about that.

  11. Let’s just agree that I’m right.
    🙂

  12. I think we should also frame the abortion issue as a human rights issue. We conservatives need to catch up with liberals in the use of language to shape opinions on issues………..

  13. JC,

    Exactly. But first we have to make sure everyone knows that fetuses are humans.

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