Vote According To Gospel
Vote According to Gospel
Psalm 94:20-21 ask the question, “Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who frame injustice by statue: They band together against the life of the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.
As I begin to write this article, I am reminded that we have always been taught that there is a separation of church and state; meaning as Christians, that we shouldn’t be permitted to voice our political opinions in church settings and our Christian beliefs should not be shared in legal proceedings, schools, council meetings, etc. And yet, I remember during a trial before a person could testify, they were asked to place their right hand on the Bible, raise their left hand and promise to tell the truth and nothing but the truth. I look at our money, which is used for our tithes and offerings having In God We Trust written on the back which is printed by the US Government and yet it was not permissible to have a political opinion within the church walls.
Does anyone really understand that politics started with the death of Jesus? In the book, “Killing Jesus”, author Stephen Mansfield tells us there are three things that Jesus did to cause a political uproar: 1) challenged corruption 2) defended the Gentiles and 3) established himself. During Holy Week the corrupt Jewish leaders were determined to kill him. They didn’t want Jesus to cause a big stir because their power would be taken away by Rome. According to Stephen Mansfield, that’s why Jesus was arrested during the night so that his supporters would not be able to defend him against their plan to kill him. In other words, Jesus’ supporters would not be able to vote against their decision. Today this would be known as Voters Suppression.
I don’t want to dismiss the fact that Jesus’ entire purpose for being was to die for our sins. As Christians, we learned early in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave up His only son, that whosoever believed in Him would not parish, but have everlasting life.” So, it makes you wonder what the people were thinking whenever they chose Barabbas over Jesus and what were we thinking when we chose #45. Jesus was for the love of humanity, peace and unity, but the people saw that as a weakness. They thought they needed someone who would be a military leader, one who would raise an army to protect them from their enemies.
So, if we take a close look at all the injustice, dehumanizing, racism, unwarranted deaths, lack of leadership, deaths via COVID, joblessness, threats of homelessness, conflict over school openings and just the lack of human decency, love, honor and respect given to the American people from the those in authority over us, we can’t afford to step back and stand down.
We, can’t afford to be passive in our decision making. We, can’t afford to place the responsibility of voting for better in everyone else’s hand. We all have a responsibility to do our part.
We must vote according to Gospel. The word “vote” was never used in the Bible, but instead “choose.” Joshua 24:14, “Choose this day whom you will serve”, Job 34:4, “Let us choose for ourselves what is right”, and Deuteronomy 30:19, “Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.”
Therefore, knowing that the God we serve is not pleased with life as it is today, we must choose for ourselves what is right for our families, our communities and our country. We must choose to allow our young black men and women to feel valued and protected. If we say black lives matter then we must choose to ensure that the law will become more compassionate about the rights and privileges of everyone regardless of their race, color, ethnicity, gender, and religion.
We ourselves must stop stereotyping our brothers and sisters. Stop judging others based on where they live, how they dress, what kind of car they drive, who they hang out with, who they are in relationship with and their sexual preferences.
Psalm 111:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding.” And whenever you have any doubt about our leadership please consider Proverbs 11:2, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.” We need more humility and less pride.
In closing, please remember:
Vote = Choose
Gospel = Good News
Therefore, Choose Good News for our Country in 2021. Vote according to Gospel!
This was quoted by member of Union Baptist Church who is 103 years old, “A Voteless people is a Hopeless people.”
Be Encouraged! God Bless!
Rev Denise Wade