This year everyone votes. Like it or not it’s evident there are just two sides in this election. Every citizen of the United States will identify which side they are on with their vote (or lack of a vote) within the next three and a half days.
Like many recent presidential elections, polls show that the race is close. Many voters are still in “the valley of decision”. Why? Why would a Christian stay at home? Why would Mormonism affect that decision? I am roused to do my best to take up my political pen and write when friends and neighbors use this as grounds not to vote at all when they have the chance.
Here are three reasons to vote, and vote for Mitt.
1. Love for, and fear of, God
Historically God never works around authority but always through authority, including the authority of the president. Those who reverence the Lord are able to maintain the right attitudes toward their parents and other authorities because of a conscious awareness of the ways in which God has used those authorities in their lives to provide protection, direction and chastisement.
We are not voting between one of two religious leaders, we are voting between one of two civil leaders. For this position there are two options and not three. If enough of the citizens don’t vote, does that mean the position just goes blissfully unfilled? No. Can we wait and find a perfect candidate if we differ from both of these two? No. For one to not vote is actually a show of support for whoever wins, a vote for which he or she will be held accountable before God.
By the way, One candidate supports our Constitution and our Christian heritage, the other does not.
2. Love of country
From our love for God comes a love for our country, that is, our fellow countrymen. If we focus on politics and take our eyes off of the people who actually make up this country, it would become easy for us to find fault with the candidates and take an easy road out, forgetting that Jehovah Himself originally blessed Washington and our founding fathers with the prudence to establish a government fairly unique among governments at that time, partly in that it trusted its own citizens with a freedom of choice in their president. Our decision will affect our future, locally.
By the way, there is a move to fill government positions with officers appointed by other government officers, not elected by the people. This year, 2012, may be the last chance Americans have to make a difference with their vote.
3. Love of children
Perhaps the clearest distinction between the two candidates now running is the impact their policies make on children. Abortion doesn’t recognize children. Sodomy doesn’t produce children. Broken families don’t support children. Welfare and food stamps don’t inspire children. And debt will keep children from ever seeing and knowing the light of civil liberty. Rather, children grow into responsible adults when governments allow parents to train them up to be responsible for (govern) themselves.
By the way, your vote can be a positive influence for your children’s future. If you don’t vote, others will decide their future.