To vote or not to vote

us_flag_backlitI realize that politics are a very personal, sensitive topic and that this pending presidential election is especially contested. Not everyone will agree with this short post. You are welcome to share your own thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear them. I am sure that most of us would agree that one thing that makes our nation so great is that its citizens are entitled to their own opinions and are free express them. For that, we are incredibly grateful, right?

This election cycle many of us have found ourselves in an interesting, if not disturbing, situation. For conscience’s sake we will not, can not, even, cast a vote for either major presidential candidate.

And we aren’t the typical undecided voter or those who vote sporadically or on a whim. We have faithfully voted in local and national elections since the privilege was granted to us at our passage into adulthood. We gratefully embraced our civic “duty”. Many of us are registered with a political party.

We have not always been thrilled or in complete agreement with every candidate we have entrusted with our vote over the years. Yet, we have seen the merit of gifting our vote to the most eligible candidate whose beliefs align closest to our own. And we have often been known to say we were casting our vote for the “lesser of two evils”, acknowledging the flaws and shortcomings of the one we perceive as the better of two imperfect choices.

But imperfect and immoral are not synonymous, as this election cycle has made apparent to many. For us, to cast our vote for a thoroughly immoral individual is a far worse “sin” than not voting at all.

We feel no need to weigh the immorality of one candidate against the other. Depravity is depravity is depravity. And we believe that doing so would mar our own character and witness to the world. Debauchery, lying, cheating, and slanderous speech are evil and offensive to God and are to be detested in any individual. How can we rationalize it for a presidential candidate and then turn around and condemn it elsewhere? We are convinced that to do so would make us hypocrites of the worst sort.

And, so, while we mourn the lack of a worthy candidate, and what that says about our country and it’s future, and feel strange at abstaining from casting our vote in this coming presidential election, we believe we can not do otherwise. Our constant prayer in all of this is that God would have mercy on our beloved nation and that he would open the spiritual eyes of many.

May we all vote or not vote with a clear concscience this election cycle,

Lauren

Like I mention earlier, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!! Just please keep things civil :).

2 thoughts on “To vote or not to vote

  1. I completely understand how you feel. I have been wrestling with this for months and hoping I might make the right decision. I know I will not vote for Hillary. Mark told me the other day he was not voting for either one of the candidates. I respect everyone’s decision in this election.

    1. I agree! I am thankful we have the freedom to vote (or not vote) and respect everyone’s right to exercise that freedom—whether or not I agree with their decision. This has been a tough election cycle for so many people. Lots to think about, for sure. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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