The closer we get to the conclusion of the 2012 presidential race, the more weary I become of all the political commentary, television and radio advertisement, and hearing about the tours of each presidential candidate. As weary as I am of all of those things, nothing has disappointed me more than GOD being dragged into this political voting process.
Let’s just start with I am a Christian. In my article I address the use of Christianity because it is the primary religion that has been dragged into this political process. When I became a Christian it was as simple a confessing with my tongue that “Jesus was Lord” and that I believe with my heart that GOD raised him from the dead, and with that I would be saved. My sins would be forgiven and I would have eternal life. Thereafter, I would work on my relationship with GOD so that GOD could lead my life to carry out his purpose. What did not happen when I gave my life to GOD, was GOD looking down on me requiring that I declare myself a Democrat or Republican.
While I appreciate and love the fact that I live in country where we govern ourselves, through our voting process, I will never confuse the United States government voting process that we have established in this country as the will of GOD. For all of us who have read the Bible, what you will find over and over again, is GOD chooses who he wants to choose to lead his people, it was never up for a vote.
Really, what would the world be like if GOD did let us choose? Would the people have chosen Moses, the man with the speech impediment, to lead them out of Egypt? Would the people have chosen Abraham, the man who bore a child by his servant (i.e. Arnold Schwarzenegger) to make a covenant with GOD? Would we have chosen Noah, with no architect degree, to build an ark, or David, the sheepherder, to be king? No, “we the people” probably would not have chosen the right person for God’s purpose.
So why have people confused voting for the President of the United States of America with voting for the person who GOD would chose to lead a “Christian Nation”? Why? Because, politicians want Christians to believe that this is a choice that we are making. Politicians mad a political decision to drag in religion to get the vote of Christians. If a political party declares that the principals and core values of their political beliefs are aligned with Christian principals, then what Christian would vote against that particular party’s candidate; which would be equivalent to voting against GOD.
Neither political party is solely aligned with the principals of GOD. As a matter of fact, both parties have policies that are aligned with Christian beliefs and that are not. GOD’s principals are so much bigger than a few principals set out by individuals from any political parties. Our ways, thoughts, and systems are not the ways, thoughts, and systems of GOD. GOD even tells us, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” Isiah 55:8.
As Christians, we do not have to vote as one or along anybody’s party line. We should not divide ourselves as Christians or question the sincerity of another Christian’s dedication based on his or her political alignment. Let us not get caught up in aligning God with any political ideal or political process. Instead, let each person pray (if he chooses to do so) and vote for the candidate that he/she thinks is best. But most importantly, let all Christians remember that GOD is bigger than politics.
– Nancy Ladson