Our car rides open the door for interesting and at times informative conversations. Sometimes, Ty learns something new but most days I’m the one in the learning seat.
Today was no different. We drove to school while listening to the election results. Considering we took the kids with us to vote last night, I wanted to share the outcome of the election with him.
I began by sharing who won to become the next governor of Maryland. As I shared with him about Larry Hogan and what he stands for, he listened attentively, always a sign that there’s a question shaping in his mind. He then asked: “Mommy, does he love God?”
I froze there for a moment, because I was not anticipating his question at all. I was proud, blessed and convicted. I was proud that he thought to ask such an important question. I felt blessed by hearing his heart for the Lord and for the things of God; yet convicted that I did not begin our conversation with this most important facet.
Ty’s simple question reached my heart like a ton of bricks. I, for a moment, was distracted by the voting record, personal achievements and promises of the candidates. I did not begin at the root of the matter.
Do not hear me say that I don’t vote with Christian conviction because I do. But my conversation did not reflect the single key element of my discipleship of my children in political involvement: teaching them to seek Christ-minded candidates. And Ty reminded of it.
In the world of politics, we sometimes set out spiritual values aside in favor of social policies, evening the political playing field for women and minorities and other personal agendas. We tend to vote based on personal benefits, as opposed to the ability to fulfill the great commission and worship the one true God freely.
Some of us would argue that if we had to choose candidates who align with the Word of God we would not be involved in the voting process at all. While others would maintain that we are selecting individuals for public office, not to become pastors or Sunday school teachers. Yet there are those who will argue that our task is to advocate for a better nation, and that God can use any leadership body for His glory.
I understand the merits of each argument. I really do.
Yet in all of the innocence of a small voice, not yet swayed by campaigns and agendas, my 6-year old spoke a valid message. We must make godly choices. We can’t compartmentalize our lives and leave Christ out of the voting booth.
As believers, we have a Christian responsibility that is greater than our personal comfort and individual goals. And since God has blessed us to live in a country where our voice can be heard, we must vote with distinction and purpose. Of which purpose specifically? That of upholding the banner of God.
We must vote to preserve values that align with the Word of God and with the teachings of God’s Word, as best we can. We must look at candidates and ask ourselves two simple questions,
“Do they love the Triune God of heaven?”
“Would I be able to continue to love my God openly under their leadership?”
If the America they promise isn’t one where the worship of God will be permitted freely, then personally I refrain from lending them my support.