I always find it interesting that on Halloween during the election cycle so many children in our neighborhood wear masks of the candidates. It’s interesting that I have not seen any of those masks for sale in the stores this cycle. There is probably a logical reason for that. I personally have never seen an election with candidates who are so unqualified to be president of the United States. When I think of someone being president, I always imagine an individual who may not be perfect, but who has a stellar character, solid marriage and a great deal of courage along with a background of wise decision-making. No one can deny that the greatest role on the greatest stage in the world is that of president of the United States. Watching the candidates of both parties develop their platforms and deface each other incessantly has made me quite sure that any toy company producing face masks of the candidates would lose money.
As a pastor, I am asked daily how to vote. The truth is, I cannot tell the beloved. Some Christians believe there is a line where the character of a candidate becomes so spongy their vote would be a mockery. Others believe if we do not vote for the conservative candidate, the consequences will be destructive for our country for fifty years. I think both of those positions are true. At the end of the day, a Christian has got to vote his or her conscience after wrestling with these issues.
Three things I know for sure:
First, we must vote! It is a Christian’s privilege as a citizen of two kingdoms to vote.
Second, if your conscience compels you to write in a third-party candidate, do not make a mockery of the system by writing in someone foolish or flawed like Willie Nelson or even Mickey Mouse. There is nothing more foolish than making a mockery of the system. Make sure the third-party candidate is a legitimate male or female who could lead our country with some moral fiber. Do your homework!
Third, even if you cannot vote for a presidential candidate, you can vote down the ticket. We have many men and women in the House and Senate who can and will act as a check and balance for future policies and appointments if they are in office. If we do not vote, these individuals will not be in office.
In other words, your vote does matter and can make a difference, even if you cannot wear one of the candidates’ masks on Halloween.
One final thought: The president of the United States isn’t our King. Let’s keep reminding ourselves of that fact.