The election of 2012 is now over and the pundits are analyzing what went right for President Obama and the Democrats and what went wrong for Mitt Romney and the Republicans. For the record, I'm an independent, not serving either party or their agenda; I'm simply trying to be the best steward of what the Lord has entrusted to me. Our right to vote is a great privilege and if you exercised that right, congratulations.
President Obama didn't run on his record of the last four years and did a great job of demonizing Romney. Romney didn't convince the undecided that He would govern in a way that made them confident enough to vote for him. The pundits are saying from the Democratic perspective, their organizing and "get out the vote" initiative was a key to victory, while the Republican party is out of touch and too full of old white men. Here's another perspective.
There are a few issues that get people's blood to boiling when they are talked about: abortion, homosexual rights and race. For those who are pro-choice, they believe in that with their whole heart and do use that as a litmus test when selecting a candidate. When asked if they would vote for a pro-life candidate, they very likely will respond, "Not on your life". If you asked someone who believes in the right for GLBT to get married if they would ever support a candidate who was pro traditional marriage they would very likely say, "Over my dead body". If you asked a person who has experienced and continues to experience racism if they could choose between a democratic candidate who is black and a republican candidate who is black the majority would likely say,"Not on my life".
For each of these sensitive issues, those who support abortion or gay marriage or black democratic candidates only have no room for compromise. Whether openly spoken or not, it is a litmus test and they could never find it within themselves to vote for anyone who stood in opposition to their cause. Here's my question:
How many Christians stepped into the voting booth with a conviction that the killing of an innocent baby is wrong and "over their dead body" would they vote for anyone, black or white, democrat or republican who supported abortion? How many Christians stepped into the voting booth and categorized the killing of an innocent baby as one of many important issues? How many Christians stepped into the voting booth and placed their economic interest or their race above the killing of an innocent baby?
Jesus was very compassionate to all and extremely passionate. He taught that there are moral absolutes; there is "right" and "wrong", there is "good" and "evil". In our rush to embrace His love, sometimes we forget that He did judge. In fact He told everyone He met to "REPENT!" His message of repentance was universal. The rich were called to repentance; the poor were called to repentance; the Jew was called to repentance as well as the Gentile. Those who were free were called to repentance and those who were slaves were called to repentance. When encountered by these words, everyone had to make a decision; there was no middle ground or "gray" area. They either repented and followed Him or they didn't repent and left Him.
Jesus, through His actions, made the statement..."Over my dead body!" What did He say by His death? Before I disobey my Father, I will die..And He Did.
Exercising our right to vote is a wonderful privilege. As fully devoted followers of Christ there are some things that we should happen only "Over our dead bodies". I would love to hear your thoughts.