Thursday, October 13, 2011

Looking for Real Change?

It's been a while since I've posted, but the last two months have taken our family through a pretty rough bout of strep throat. Everyone had it in September, and then I turned up with it again this past week. Hopefully, we'll be done with it!

So today, I wanted to turn topics to something I don't normally get on a soapbox about: Politics. With the upcoming Presidential election next year, everyone is hearing all about the Republican candidates. There are a few things I'd like to bring to light, not necessarily about the candidates themselves, but to focus on you and to look at how you make your decision to vote.

The two main political parties are the Democrats and the Republicans. However, in today's world, these labels really don't mean much of anything. Someone may call themselves a Democrat or Republican and have beliefs that stretch over to the "other side." In order to make informed decisions on selecting the cadidate to vote for, you first must decide what your values are and what issues most concern you.

For the early part of my voting life, I was dumb to politics. Pretty much I just voted the way my father told me to and didn't question it. But once I graduated from college and started participating in the real world, I began to take a better look at who I was voting for. Especially after I became married and as I grew closer in my relationship with Christ, certain issues stand out for me before I vote for that particular candidate.

Ask yourself, what do you believe in? What values most concern you? For my family, we do our best to look at candidates with a Biblical perspective. Of course, no one is perfect, not me and certainly no one running for President! But, we examine their stances on vital issues and match them up with what the Bible tells us. A few of the main issues we look at in a candidate are: Are they anti-abortion and do they believe that marriage is defined as a union between a man and a women? There are many other issues; this is just a sampling.

Know what you believe in (most of you do!) and then examine each candidate to see if they mostly match up with your beliefs. This may mean that you vote for a Democrat when you think of yourself as Conservative and Republican, or vice versa. It takes people like you and me to make informed decisions (so that means do your research!!!) to elect the "right" candidate.

What makes this difficult is when the political world throws crummy candidates into the race. This has happened for the past couple of elections. This year, there are several ones that seemingly look good. Don't just vote for someone because they may be handsome, because your parents tell you to, or because you think you have no choice but to vote for that certain candidate. What you have to do is to determine if they match up with your standards, ethics, etc.

This is not a topic that I typically write about, but I felt led to do so not to tell you who to vote for, but to hopefully get you thinking about how and why you vote for a particular person, especially if you are looking for real change in the next election. Please feel free to leave your comments and ideas. I would love to hear them. We'll get back to regular posting next week!

"I exhort, therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and holiness." 1 Timothy 2:1-2

1 comment:

  1. If only everyone took that into consideration before jumping on the bandwagon, huh?

    I have always moved toward the candidate that fit my belief system best. Not perfectly, but best. And, I think if more people did that, I think we'd have a completely different set of people to choose from. Sadly, politics doesn't work that way. And, it won't change until more people start voting their conscience instead of picking the guy who has the best chance (just like getting serious third party candidates).

    Unfortunately, this year, the focus will be on who can BEAT Obama and not so much the other stuff....