Four years ago, on the day of the presidential election, I walked out to my car after Bible study. There was a girl buckling her baby into the car beside me. I greeted her, then said, “I’m on my way to vote!”
She sighed and said, “Me, too… but I’m just so confused. I don’t know who to vote for!”
Having had my vote locked and cocked for months, I was surprised by this. I said, “What are you struggling with?”
She said, “Well, I guess I’m just not sure about the issues. I wish someone would just give me some guidance.”
I said, “Well, I could tell you what I’m thinking. Would that help?”
She almost looked relieved.
I gave her a quick summary of my decision making process. I told her that I try to consider which of the issues at hand are most important to God. I told her that since God is the giver of life, and has one of his ten commandments designated to protect life, I couldn’t see God prioritizing economics over the abortion issue–especially since he gives us so many warnings about making money our god.
The conversation seemed to help my friend, and I was so thankful for the opportunity.
But I was also a bit puzzled.
Here was a young mom who not only attends Sunday services regularly, but she also faithfully attends a women’s Bible study. She’s around Christians constantly in a free country. Hadn’t she talked about the election with friends from her fellowship group? Hadn’t it been discussed in her Bible study group?
Then, I took inventory of my own conversations. I hadn’t talked about the election with anyone besides my husband and a few very close friends or family members. Even in a country where we are permitted to speak freely with each other, Christians often don’t.
This shouldn’t be! I know that churches and organizations have to be careful not to endorse a certain candidate because of separation of church and state. But my friend and I didn’t break any laws in the parking lot. There is no law against Christians helping each other to think correctly and clearly and Biblically!
So here’s my challenge for you. If you are unsure how to vote tomorrow, go find a godly friend. Pick one who is especially wise, call her, and say, “Hey, can I get your input on voting tomorrow?” Or, if you’re in a pinch, you can even look around the parking lot! Ask your Christian friend to help you. Talk about what you’ve heard and what you think and get her counsel. Seek her wisdom.