How Should You Vote?

November 10, 2020

Who does the Bible say you should vote for?

Well, the answer is this, whoever you think you should based on reflecting on scripture and being led by the Holy Spirit. That's it.

No one can tell you otherwise. Not me, not Manny, not your pastor, not your community. We can help you reflect on scripture. And we hope that this challenge has helped you understand and think about scripture in a different way.

At the end of the day, we have to vote with our conscious in mind and with The Spirit guiding us. How I often think about voting is "Who can I vote for that will help create a fruitful ground for building the kingdom of God?" But also recognizing the government cannot be Christian or not Christian, the government cannot build the kingdom of God, that is the task of Christians.

So whoever's in authority, whoever gets voted in as President and Congress, people and any other local authorities, I can still build the kingdom of God, regardless of who's in authority.

That's the power that we are supposed to be walking in. That's me caring for my neighbors, and the least of these and for creation. That's me, recognizing who's in authority and what it means to be a Christian in light of that authority.

So today or tomorrow, when you go to vote, vote thinking about how to best care for people. Think about how to best exist as Christians and under authority. Think about how to vote out of peace and not out of fear. Think about how we're not voting against people, because our battle is not against flesh and blood.

I pray that the Spirit helps guide you in the voting booth and in your choices there.

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