Election Day. The day Americans have equally dreaded and hoped for.
As I think about this years election, I can’t help but feel saddened by how things have turned out. The internal turmoil that has rocked America over the past couple of years has leaked into every aspect of American culture.
There has been violence at the polling places, people have been beat up at rallies, and families and friendships have been split apart because of the strong feelings associated with the candidates.
Did I vote? Yes I did. Did I like my choices? No, not at all. I’ll be honest, I was not sure who I would vote for for the longest time. I asked so many of my friends and family who they were voting for. I really struggled with how Trump treated women, how he racially slurred immigrants, and how rude and crude he has been throughout his entire campaign. I also struggled with Hillary because she is a democrat and stands for everything I don’t and even though I would not consider myself a classic femenist, it would be groundbreaking to have a women for a president.
So how did I decide what to do? I had coffee with lifelong friend of mine one day and we got to talking about the election. I asked her what she was going to do. She said she’d be struggling to know what to do too. She told me she asked a wise woman of God from her church what her advise was. This lady told my friend that we as Christian’s have to vote for the candidate who supports the life of an unborn baby.
That really clicked it for me.
Even though I didn’t like the choice that left me, I knew who I had to vote for. When I later watched one of the debates and the commentary that followed and discovered the fact that the next president gets to appoint 4 Supreme Court justices and that Trump would appoint 4 solid, conservative, and pro-life judges was just another confirming factor for me.
I will be honest. As a young, conservative Republican, Christian woman, as a person Trump’s treatment of women appalls me. And yet, it’s like what Dr. Robert Jefferies of First Baptist Dallas states in his article Why Christians Must Vote In This Election. We are not voting for personalities but policies. And yes, I’m aware that someone’s personality can effect how policy is played out but policy is ultimately much more important.
While I can’t tell you who to vote for or even to vote, I can encourage you to look at what you believe in and match that up to the candidate who best supports your beliefs. I firmly believe that it is better to vote than to stay at home and do nothing. God has richly blessed us by allowing us to live in a country where we have the ability and freedom to exercise our civic duty by choosing who we want to lead us.
It’s a little terrifying to know that once we vote, we are held accountable to our choice of president so please be wise as you cast your ballot. You only get to cast your vote once so make sure it’s for the person you believe in.
As the polls close tonight and the results come rolling in, we can be praying that God’s plan for America will continue to bring Him glory (no matter the results) and that if the candidate of our choice does not win, then there will be no violence towards the opposite party and that the losing side will be gracious.
🇺🇸 God bless America. 🇺🇸