More than a Vote
I voted. I don’t feel great about it this year.
It’s not political. Regarding the presidential choices, I just don’t think there’s much of a difference this year. I honestly don’t think that in 4 years you would be able to say who was President if you didn’t know. So, I don’t see much reason to get worked up about it.
Everyone gets nauseated about the vitriole spewed and the dramatic language people use. It’s always been that way. It’s not getting worse. If you go back and read about the race between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, you will see the same thing. I’m sure lots of old white men threatened to move back to England if their candidate didn’t win.
So, we voted. Now what? We get fired up about issues every 2 or 4 years and do all this work posting on FB about our political beliefs and arguing at dinner parties about the issues, but I can’t help but feel like voting is just one of the many ways we have to try and change society.
It’s easy to vote. It’s one day, and it’s basically fun. You have an excuse to be late to work. It’s hard to actually do things.
For instance, let’s take abortion. I’m picking this because it’s a huge voting issue for a lot of people, even though in my personal opinion, voting does very little to change this issue in either direction. But, it’s an issue people feel passionately about, and I get it.
The interesting thing about abortion is that most people believe that it would be good if the number of abortions went down. The groups tend to disagree about the method of getting that number down, focusing mostly on legality and access. This morning, as I listened to people at my church talk about how important it is to vote for candidates who don’t support the legalization of abortion [none of which is running for President, mind you], the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart.
I know so many people who are passionately against abortion, but I don’t know a lot of people who are actively trying to help women who are considering it. I started thinking about the ways we as a body of believers can get in the trenches to support women in difficult situations.
What if our churches provided free day cares for single parents?
What if we were willing to have our taxes increased to pay for support services, good education, and health care for women? Or if you freak out about raising taxes, what if we donated the money?
What if we supported programs to mentor young girls and empower them to make healthy choices?
What if we were willing to adopt babies with special needs?
What if we took in foster children and raised them as our own?
What if we fostered adolescent girls in our homes with their babies?
Would some of these things actually help to lower the abortion rates in our country?
See, it’s easy to vote. To pass out flyers and videos with gruesome photos. To call people murderers. To tell people to get a job. To say it’s not my problem.
Those aren’t biblical values. Jesus calls us to sell everything and give it to the poor. He commands that we love our neighbors as ourselves. He tells us to take up the cross and follow him – to be crucified alongside of him.
Vote or don’t vote. I’ve not seen a no biblical command to do either. But, Jesus did say “as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” That command I want to take seriously.