Why do we lack hope when we vote?
There seems to be a lack of hope among Christians these days. However, we should be the most hopeful people in the world, because we serve a living, loving, and miraculous God. Many of us have lost hope and we don’t even know why. Many times our lack of hope is demonstrated by our apathetic attitudes, words, and actions. Sometimes our lack of hope is most obviously seen in who we vote for or by not voting at all.
We have various reasons for what we choose to do when it comes to voting. We vote for a candidate only if he/she has a “chance” to win. Sometimes we don’t vote because we tell ourselves that one vote doesn’t matter. There are endless reasons for voting for the lesser of two evils or for not voting at all. However, do any of them reflect our hope in Jesus? Dr. James Dobson phrased it well when he said… “In a world that might say one vote doesn’t matter…it does matter because each person is of infinite worth and value to God… Your vote is a declaration of importance as a person and a citizen.”
We are so influenced by what media pundits, polls, and other people tell us regarding who to vote for. If that is true, then how much is God influencing our decisions in voting? If God is not the essence for everything we do, then we will miss out on some amazing blessings and even miracles that He can do through us. We cloud our judgement and ability to critically think when we listen to media, polls, and other people, more than we listen to God.
Hope belongs in every sphere of life
Our hope should not be in the things that we do or our own strength. Our hope should always rest in Jesus and His strength alone. However, our hope for Jesus should be found in all the things we do. In other words, everything we do should reflect our hope in Jesus. This includes voting! If we are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14), then how else will God’s light shine through us in the voting process? “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light…” Ephesians 5:8
We tell ourselves that certain candidates don’t have a chance to win based on what we hear on the news and the polls that we see. Did you know that many “scientific” polls are not random? Some polls are taken in specific areas only. Some polls are based on ethnicity, age, or gender. Sometimes the media will purposefully leave out specific candidates when they take or share their polls. Recently a candidate finished in 5th place in a particular poll and a certain news media switched his name with another candidate’s name. Maybe it was just a coincidence, but it is not the first time it happened.
Did you know that it is not up to us to decide who gets elected? That’s right! It’s not up to us to decide the results. However, it is our responsibility to do good in every sphere of life, even voting (Galatians 6:9, Colossians 3:23). We should vote and we should vote for a candidate that will protect our liberty to worship God how we see fit. It is up to us to act and it is up to God to decide the results.
Have hope when you vote
There are so many opportunities to vote. We can vote for Congress and on legislation every two years and other legislation annually. We can vote in the primary and general election in presidential election seasons. To be fair, there are a few states that do not hold a primary election. If you live in one of those states and cannot vote in a primary, then I encourage you to vote every other chance you get. And if possible, go be a part of the delegate process during primary season and let your light shine there.
Vote as if your vote counts, even if you are skeptical of the process. At the very least you are demonstrating support for the candidate that you believe will honor God as a governing authority. Vote for principle… “In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide.” Noah Webster
Voting will not save the world, but it will allow you to shine your light in a place of great darkness. Have hope in the fact that Jesus Christ has been revealed to you and live your life for him in every sphere of life. “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:13