Hello! I’m Pastor Rolf, and I approve of this message.
Election season is upon us. I, for one, will be relieved when it is over. Actually, I am grateful for this exercise of democracy when we can either affirm our leaders or hold them accountable through our voting. Voting is part of being a good and responsible citizen. It is something every Christian should do. I hope you get out and vote!
As your pastor, I will never tell you who to vote for. But I will tell you how to vote.
We Christians vote as citizens of this country we love, but we are also citizens of God’s kingdom, and God’s kingdom always has a higher loyalty in our hearts. The first commandment tells us that we are to have no other gods. If God is number one in our hearts, then God’s values should guide our decision making and our voting. As you go into the voting booth ask yourself: what would Jesus do? What values would guide his decision making? Truth and honesty, character, integrity, kindness and compassion, justice and peacemaking: these are some of the values that should guide our decision making as we choose our leaders.
As Christians, it would be wrong for us to vote solely on the basis of our pocketbook- who will make us richer? Sure, we all want more money, but if that’s the only reason for your vote, then your values are out of whack.
As Christians, it would be wrong for us to vote solely on the basis of what is good for the U.S. We follow a God “who so loved the world…” Jesus came to save “every tribe and language and people and nation.”
As Christians, it would be wrong to let fear guide our voting. We are called to be people of faith and hope. What is it we hope for our world and for our country? Let’s vote for what we hope for instead of voting our fears.
As your pastor, I hope that you will vote, and that your vote will be guided by your faith in God.