Vote the Big Picture, Not One Issue

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I’ve heard there’s women voting for Hillary Clinton to become the next president simply because she’s a woman.  It was put to me like this, “Many women are torn as to who to vote for since Hillary is a woman.”

Well, I’m a woman.  But I’m not torn.  I think it’s silly to base one’s voting criteria on who will run our nation based on gender alone.

Granted, it’s an exciting time in our country that a woman is running for president.  But is she the best candidate?   If you beleive she will do the best job, then vote for her.  But please don’t vote for her just because she’s a woman!

The same is true for Obama. Don’t vote for him just because he’s a black man. How foolish.  Vote for him because you believe he’s the best man for the job out of all the other candidates.

And Christians, please don’t automatically default to voting for a Republican candidate just because the person claims to be pro-life.  I’m amazed at how many Christians vote people into office based on that one criteria.  Saints, let’s be more realistic here.  There’s a much bigger picture than that one issue.  Electing someone based on simply one issue alone is rather shallow and foolish.

Abortion is just one issue within a much bigger picture to consider.  Think about it.  Voting a pro-life president into office for eight consecutive years (i.e., President George Bush) did absolutely nothing to stop abortions.  Abortions were legal when Bush took office… and 8 years later, they’re still legal.

And truth be told, pro-life Christians all over America who fight for the sanctity of human life have (unknowingly) aborted precious lives themselves, just from taking the Devo shot or the birth control pill.  (If you’ve never heard of this, read my blog post on “How Birth Control Pills Work as Abortifacients.”)


Granted, I wouldn’t mind someone with the same spiritual convictions as my own running our nation.  In general, what Christian wouldn’t prefer another “Christian” running the nation?   I say in general because there are a quite few Christians who I would not want to see running the nation.  Pat Robertson who ran for President many years ago is one such Christian.  But that’s another blog post for another day (smile).

I actually think Bush preyed on what I call “Christian votes.”   He understands that America is still a predominantly Christian nation.  And he tapped into those “Christian votes.”  Targeting them.  Hard.  He knew there would be whole populations of people and entire churches who would vote him in based on his confession of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

The icing on the cake for many pro-Bush Christians was his position on abortion and stem cell research.

I applaud Bush’s stand in particular on stem cell research (i.e., banning the practice of cloning people).  But was he the best man to be president of our nation? Many believed so because he was re-elected. Of course, the first time around the election seems like it may have been rigged.  (Don’t think that’s possible? Then you haven’t watched the HBO documentary called, “Hacking Democracy.”  Check it out.)

The Bush family also seems a little too oil hungry in my opinion. If you research his dad’s connections to people in some of those Arab countries, it’s a little scary to learn of the family’s long-time investments into the oil industry.  This may excolor-box President Bush’s relentless pursuit of Iraq, a country with a whole bunch of oil that he doesn’t want anyone else to have seemingly.

I actually think family sucession should not be allowed for the presidency.  For example, we had Bush senior.  Now we have Bush junior.   We also had Clinton the husband.  And now Clinton the wife is running.  Ought not be allowed.  One 4-8 year term per family. Period. That’s my two cents.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with families running things. God appointed the Levites in the Bible to run all things religious. They were the priests and temple caretakers back in the day, and that was their family trade so-to-speak. But as far as president of the United States, let’s not keep the same family line in the office no more than eight years.

My bottom line challenge to Christians is to consider the entire picture, not just one issue.  May the best candidate for the job win.  Not based on gender, race, or religion.  And may God bless America.

Question:  Are you guilty of every voting based on someone’s gender, race, or their religious views?  Why do you think God asks Christians to pray for our government leaders when they may not even serve Him?  What qualities in a leader to look for in presidential candidates?  You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  1. Hey June:

    Theologian Al Mohler, gave some comments in a Q & A Session when a Christian asked him about politics and if Christians should be concerned about it. I paraphrased a bit as I was at work and could not transcribe word for word. He said essentially:
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    Pastors and consequently Christians need to be involved in politics to the extent necessary for us individually (or a pastor over his flock) to be faithful to God and His Gospel.

    Church is not a political action committee. We are not to vest ourselves in the hope that we will make lasting change in society by means of the political process. We don’t need to develop a congregation of cultural specialist. Any church (or individual Christian) that set’s its aim to determine the culture will lose its soul.

    That said, Christians NEED TO KNOW HOW TO THINK about a wide VARIETY of issues without which WE CAN’T BE FAITHFUL.

    In other words, if we are ignorant about certain public policies that would violate our ability to be faithful to God and His Word then we forfeit our opportunity to exercise proper fidelity to our God and His gospel.

    Therefore we should be interested in informing ourselves to the fullest. For there are two dangerous attitudes: 1) I don’t talk/engage politics because it is messy, worldly, and only cultural. It makes no impact upon the believer, or 2) We become a political action hub and risk losing our witness and consequently our souls.

    The Church has not been given power to determine the culture. We have been given power to impact the culture. —Al Mohler Sermon Audio Q &A Christ Fellowship Baptist Church (paraphrased)
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    My political testimony is one that bears witness of your insights. I voted Democrats in 1996 (Clinton) because I was dependent upon media narrative and I had little life experience and spiritual discernment to see the media has an agenda and is “generally” anti-God/Christian, anti-morality, and pro-liberal, pro-victim, pro-drama. In 2000, I had evolved a bit in my faith, and experienced my first bout of “group think” before thinking independently first.

    For I always say…nothing wrong with biases or even group think. The issue is making sure your group is thinking soundly or has verifiably the best ideas (politically speaking since many things in this realm of ideas can be tested/verified). As long as you think independently to assess any group’s ideas, then join the group. We do this in all other areas of life without reservation. As to biases, I feel similar. No one is unbiased. The question for me is always what are your biases based on. In the case of the video I posted above…you can clearly see bias on part of the MSNBC interviewer (someone whose biases are to be reserved) and you can discern what they are based upon. Those type of biases, I reject and flee from (regardless of party) as they are born in pride.

    So with that established, I voted for Bush twice without any due diligence whatsoever. I did so blindly with faith in my group. Had I known about Enron or TARP, I probably would have made a different decision or NOT voted at all (as I’ve been tempted a couple times).

    It was not until 2008 that I began to inform myself and as a consequence I’ve become vocal and animated over what I am discovering.

    So I agree we should vote for those with the best ideas, character, qualifications, and potential for the job not skin color or political pedigree.

    It is my hope that people will start following events more closely. And if you are a Christian, vote your biblical convictions.

    I no longer expect a candidate to match my Christian convictions on social issues, that is a plus. But I do look for a candidate that is convicted about preserving the ALL constitutional liberties I have to practice my faith freely without fear of being penalized, fined, or jailed for wanting marriage to remain between man/woman. Or being called an oppressor of women because I encourage birth over abortion. I want a candidate that is convicted to make an environment friendly for purchasing/owning property, and keeping the majority of the money I earn on pay day. I want a candidate that is convicted that all American’s has the potential to be Steve Jobs and encourages a competitive entrepreneurial environment, not tell me that if I make above a certain amount (the government arbitrarily determines) my profits deserve to be taken. I want a candidate that will not tax (money already taxed corporately and individually) the inheritance I leave for my children and their children after I’m dead. And so on….this is what I’m looking for….

    There is more than one way to kill a cat. We’ve tried one way under this current Administration and prior ones….it’s time to try some new ideas.

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