And all of this discussion got me thinking- why do I care about voting?
I vote because I love my neighbor. I listen to all sides of the election, then I try to discern which leader, which vision would benefit my neighbor, the "least of these". There's many, many types of people who fall into that category, so balancing their situations and priorities isn't straightforward- but I am convinced that God shows preference for the poor, marginalized, and downtrodden; the orphan, the widow, and the alien, and I am called to do the same.
I vote as a loving act toward my neighbor.
Why do you vote? (or why don't you?)
Here's part of an election-day prayer Jim Wallis offered up yesterday in his post:
Today we also pray for those who will vote differently than we do, for their own reasons also deeply rooted in faith. And we pray, despite the outcome of the election tomorrow, that we will find the ways to build bridges and work together for the common good of the country we all dwell in. And may our votes tomorrow be guided less by a fear of our neighbor and more by a hope for the future.I believe other people can vote with their heart, be convicted differently than I am, and still be genuine Christians. I celebrate their right to vote as well. I'll even babysit their kids and give them directions to the polling place, if it means that they can do what they see as a loving, patriotic act. I'm that convinced that God is in control. Even living in this swing state, in such a heated election. What will happen, will happen, God's still in control, all will work together for good, and I will know I've done my part.
What's your prayer today?