A Deliberate Vote for President by Samuel Hardy
I know I am an 18-year-old boy who hasn’t lived long, hasn’t developed the wisdom or maturity of most adults, and my opinion doesn’t carry a lot of weight. I am facing my first opportunity to vote for the President of the United States and was helped by listening to his acceptance speech at the Republican Convention. My challenge is that neither candidate lines up with my own biblical views. I’ve heard several suggest that I avoid voting for either candidate as a matter of principle, but somehow I keep thinking that I could be violating another principle by not voting. If we as Christians decide not to exercise our freedom to vote just because we do not want to vote for the lesser of two evils, then is it possible that we are disregarding and disrespecting what our founding fathers and military have been fighting for for hundreds of years? By choosing not to vote are we relinquishing our say in how America will be run? If I vote for Trump then it is true that I hold some responsibility for what he does, but it is also true that if I don’t vote at all, I bear equal or worse responsibility if the other candidate is elected. Being a Christian means that we have always had to vote for the lesser of two evils, so should this election be any different? Plus, I am encouraged that my reluctant vote for Trump is for the candidate who used his acceptance speech to declare his intent to fight for churches’ rights to state their beliefs without fear of losing their tax-exempt status. That statement up front has been rare in modern history. While I don’t agree with all his views, he clearly expressed a willingness to fight for my right to declare mine as a Christian. Whether he will or not remains to be seen, but we both know the other candidate clearly contradicts that right. This is just something I am considering before voting and I hope you will too.