- I need to pray. Prayer is essential before all major decisions. Don’t leave Jesus out of your choice.
- I need to consider more than just the personalities involved. Consider the issues carefully and pray over each one. Issues that concern Christians greatly such as abortion, those that affect religious liberty, and social justice concerns require serious consideration.
- There are more than two candidates running for office. I’m not advocating for third party voting (yes there are more than two parties running) but rather am reminded that there will be more on the ballot than a simple vote for the next President of the United States. Candidates for Senate and Congress, for various state offices, and a ballot measure will all be up for consideration and are worthy of prayer.
- My election choice is not an indication of moral superiority. I am reminded that people choose political affiliations for a wide variety of reasons, some of which are deeply seated and difficult to articulate. I will still love and befriend them after the election regardless of their choices.
- I need to consider my witness for Jesus. Regardless of which party I choose to support, aligning myself too closely with a candidate, because of personality issues, can reflect badly on people’s views of Jesus and His church. I need to walk carefully and not crow too loudly.
- I need to remember that God is still God. Jesus is still Lord and God did not cease to be God simply because it is an election year. He is still sovereign and loves every single one of us, regardless of our affiliations or choices. He will still be there for us on November 9th and forever.
Once, while visiting in a hospital ward, I met a woman who had enjoyed an Atlantic ocean-crossing aboard the Queen Mary. She and her sister had enjoyed the luxurious surroundings and she shared quite a bit about that voyage. I was fascinated to hear firsthand about this ship that was an important piece of history from someone who had actually sailed aboard her.