Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Voter's Guide

I just voted. And you? In case you're still wondering about voting, read my article below. Or read the original article I published in The Examiner.

“A people that value privilege above principle will soon lose both.” --Dwight Eisenhower

“Our future as a country depends on an involved and concerned citizenry.” --George Washington

“Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.” –Ronald Reagan

“Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets. Please vote!” --Abraham Lincoln

Ok, so now it’s June, what happens in San Diego (other than June Gloom that is)? Well, for one thing, today is the ‘big day.’ Yep, it’s time to vote.

While politics and religion don’t mix – or so they say – it is the duty of every Christian to vote. The Bible teaches that Christians are to be light and salt:

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men” (Matthew 5:13).

“Trampled by men” is a harsh term. Certainly, men will trample all over us, all over society, if we don’t exercise our influence. This includes our privilege to vote.

Christians are given not just the opportunity but also the responsibility to influence society in a beneficial way by choosing to act according to our eternal purpose – to act Christ-like.

But what has acting Christ-like got to do with voting Prop “XYZ” or voting for various candidates to hold key positions to improve the quality of life in our country and also our county?

Would Jesus have voted? If He did (and we can’t know), His choices would have been based on biblical principles. The question then is: Is this Prop or this candidate aligned with the principles seen in the Bible? As Christians, we share this same responsibility: to choose in a way that pleases God.

Today’s the day . . . to make our votes count!

Janey L. DeMeo M.A.
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