Whether you believe in God or not… whether you agree with the opinions expressed by those of us writing for Act II Ministries or not… whatever your beliefs may be… make sure you VOTE today.
I had the privilege of bringing my 18-year-old step-daughters to their first election this morning, along with my beautiful wife Dana (in the center). We have had several conversations about the importance of participating in our democracy. Our greatest privilege as far as living in America goes is the ability to take part in the longest-running national democratic process in the world – 240 years of ballots counted fairly and smooth, peaceful transition from one administration to another, whether that be at the city, county, state or national level.
Of course, as the active voice of Act II Ministries I want to implore you to vote with Christ’s principles in mind – vote for people who best represent Christ on earth, even more than what their professed policies. Vote for the men and women who are true to their words – who to the best of your knowledge represent their constituencies fairly and honestly. Vote for or against your propositions with the mindset of “what would Jesus want us to do?”
Here in Idaho, for example, Proposition 2 would expand Medicaid coverage for young children in particular, something that is unquestionably aligned with Christ’s teaching in the Gospel. On the other hand, Proposition 1 would expand gambling opportunities in the horse racing industry, and while it’s decidedly less clear than its companion bill, it seems to us that there’s no Christian reason to favor Prop 1’s purposes. So we would ask for a “yes” vote on Prop 2, and less insistently suggest a “no” on Prop 1.
As for individual candidates, we would always suggest not paying heed to the “D”, “R”, “I”, or any other letter in front of a candidate’s name, but rather to the character of the person themselves. These days, there seem to be so few politicians who manifest Christian characteristics in their political lives – we at Act II Ministries have on many occasions berated the current national administration in power for their anti-Christian policies. So while we are not affiliated with or support any particular political party, we would for this election suggest getting those in the majority party out of office to allow for proper checks-and-balances to take place. That means vote for the Democratic House and Senate candidates this time around, in the hope of having at least one chamber of Congress balancing the current government’s corruption.
As Christians, we cannot continue to condone a government which operates on the goat side of Matthew 25:41-46 →
” ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
You cannot look at this administration, caging children, killing medical insurance programs, rebuking those seeking asylum from governments literally killing their own citizens, and believe their claims of Christianity in the least. They need to be removed, but in this election the most we can demand is to create a situation where the sycophants rubber stamping those heinous, unChristian actions. Even the actions which ostensibly are designed to advance Christian beliefs – nominating a Supreme Court justice who believes in protecting unborn lives, for example – were done in such an unChristian manner as to negate any glory that God might have gotten from that.
So, for THIS election only (and maybe in 2020, if this administration is still in power), we recommend voting “D” on all the federal offices. Whether you do that for your state or local offices depends on your state’s situation. But if the government closer to home has the same issues, vote the opposition until it’s fixed. After that situation’s been corrected, we at Act II will revert to purely independent political recommendations.
But, whatever you choose to do at the polling place, whomever you choose to support with your vote, whatever propositions and initiatives you believe in or want to strike down, GO VOTE TODAY and let your voice be heard. (Even if you disagree with us! We would seriously rather you voted opposite our opinions than not vote at all! THAT’S how important voting is to us!)