Sunday, November 4, 2012

On Respect and the Upcoming Election

           With the upcoming election, I wanted to write a post with some things that I believe are important and often overlooked. Something that is a human fault everywhere is pride. That fault of pride can lead to disrespect for those who think differently than you. This fault is terribly hard to overcome; I know from personal experience. I do believe there is absolute truth and only one way to eternal life, but this does not mean that I cannot respect others with different opinions. I may not tolerate (agree) the faith that they have, but I will respect them as a person. I want them to know the truth, but I will not force it in their face. Hopefully, by Godly example, they will see the true way to eternal life. But that’s a whole new blog post, and I’ve gone off on a ‘rabbit trail’, as they call it around here. I hope that helps you see where I stand in the area of respect vs. tolerance. Applying that to the political world, I will respect any leader that is put in charge of this country, even if I do not tolerate the views he has. The only exception I have is if he makes a law forcing everyone to do something that God clearly forbids.  Because God is the one who is ultimately in control, and primarily I have to obey his laws. If anything a leader says to do something against one of those laws, then I cannot do it (example: bowing to idols, etc…). The Bible makes it very clear to respect whomever God places in our government. In Romans 13 it says: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.  For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,  for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer.  Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. I do stand in the conservative worldview, but if a liberal is placed in office again I’ll respect him and not speak bad of him.

          One thing that I am put off by is people who are not willing to vote at all because they don’t like this or that about the candidates. It would be better to have the ‘ok’ than the ‘really-not-so-good-at-all’ one. Right? Now I could pretty much guarantee that both candidates we have now are really good talkers and are probably lying about half the stuff they say they’ll do or not do. (Just look at how well Obama has kept his word in the last four years.) But that is no reason to not vote. Voting is a privilege we have. Many places in the world cannot choose their leaders, and would give anything for that kind of freedom. So please vote. I’m the next generation, and it’s important to us young people as to where our country is going. So please, for the sake of the generation to come, vote. Vote for the constitution, vote for the laws of God, vote for the life of unborn babies, vote for your children. Put some thought into your vote, analyze and decide which candidate is the better one and go vote. If the one you wanted does not get into office, do not think your vote was wasted: it was not. It means the world to us young people. But in the end, respect whomever it is who gets the honor of leading this country.

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