only help my unbelief


Enfranchised
November 4, 2008, 6:37 pm
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For the last several months, I’ve felt largely apathetic about the election. I knew I didn’t like one candidate, and I knew I really didn’t like the other candidate.

Disclosure: I voted for Ron Paul in the primary.

Once John McCain clinched his party’s nomination, I felt disillusioned. But then he chose Sarah Palin, and I was encouraged. Then a few more weeks and the disillusionment came back.

I considered voting third party.

In the last month or so, though, I started hearing all these people bring up abortion on both sides. I’ve always been against abortion, and that was my primary reason for NOT voting for Obama, but was it a good enough reason to vote for McCain?

I decided it was. If only because a vote for McCain may mean that Obama wouldn’t be president.

And so I’ve been content in that decision in the Lord.

This morning I woke up and got on Facebook. And all of a sudden all my apathy regarding this election dissipated. Immediately. A quick review of recent statuses showed a number of people “donating” their statutes to a particular candidate.

I know a lot of people, many of whom I wasn’t surprised to see supporting Obama. And many who I wasn’t surprised to see voting McCain. There was not a single person who was supporting McCain who I was surprised to see. But as I looked over names, my heart shattered into a million tiny pieces.

I don’t know that I’ve ever felt such deep anguish about something that was so much outside of me. It’s not really my business who other people vote for, in a sense. It’s between them and God. But there were so many people on my friends list who say they are Christians who said they were supporting Barack Obama.

I’m not saying that if you support Obama that you’re not a Christian.

I’m also not saying that if you voted third party that you wasted your vote.

Instead, I’m asking a question.

How can a Christian, as much as they dislike John McCain, vote for someone who wants to enact laws that would end up killing more children through abortion than are already being killed?

I’ve been thinking about this all day, sometimes to the point of tears, and I still don’t understand.

I feel like Christians all around me are falling more and more into moral relativism, and they don’t even seem to notice what’s going on. And I’m tired of people saying that there are no absolutes. There are. There is right, and there is wrong, and abortion is wrong.

The more we disregard absolutes, the less we have to stand on.

I can only pray that this election does not turn into a modern-day re-telling of the story of the foolish man who built his house on the sand.

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. – Matthew 7:24-27

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