2016 Presidential Election

Another presidential election year is upon us. Though these elections take place every four years, the politicking for them seems to never end. The candidates running in their respective primaries, whether Democrat or Republican, for the 2016 election are comprised of a most unusual eclectic mix, the likes of which I have not seen in my lifetime. The choice varies from an avowed socialist to a libertarian, from an entrepreneur and television personality to a world-class surgeon to entrenched politicians. It reminds me of the various flavors in an ice cream store.

The difficulty for the electorate is discerning the real story of what each one believes about the various issues facing the country and their political philosophies. This is the hard, but necessary, work of the responsible voter. A responsible voter is to know the issues and know the candidates. Thomas Paine writing in Rights of Man said, “A nation under a well-regulated government, should permit none to remain uninstructed. It is monarchical and aristocratical government only that requires ignorance for its support.”

As followers of Christ, we have a divine duty to discharge our citizenship in a responsible way, which includes knowing the candidates, the issues, and voting. Our votes should reflect our biblical convictions. It is unthinkable, as a committed Christian, to vote for someone who does not share our biblical values, morals, and ethics. Therefore, let us do our due diligence and get involved in the process.

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