My Vote in 2008
I voted for the Republican party. I know. I know. I make some enemies, and i gain some friends when i say that. I’m gonna tell you why i voted republican. First let’s hear the reasons that were NOT part of my decision:
It is not because. . . Barack Obama is black – of course, that’s the most ludicrous excuse in the world, that is not why my vote went Republican. If Alan Keyes was running, even for the democratic party, i would have put my vote towards him. I don’t know why i feel that i have to even justify myself about that, but nonetheless. . .
It is not because. . . I hate democrats – I have some resentment, and some bitterness towards the overall party tendencies, but truthfully, McCain’s policies do not make me happy either.
It is not because. . . the republican party is the evangelical party – I think both of us can agree that Jesus does not sit in one of the seats for the republicans or democrats (regardless of what they say about Obama;). As a matter of fact it would seem that the democrat party with their anti-war, social, and welfare agenda’s could be more in line with what God wants.
It is not because of. . . Obama’s relationship with Ayers, Wright, and Rezko – If you connect the dots far enough in my life, you will find some surprising relationships. I’m not excusing some of the bizarre things i’ve heard about some of those people, but those blips in Obama’s life do not influence my vote much.
Enough of ‘why not’, here’s my reason i did vote Republican:
If the government takes care of everyone’s welfare, healthcare, job security, financial security, home, education, and transportation, then why would people need a God? Why would people need a Christian relationship in their life? Why would the church need to exist? Why would people run to God or his people when they have a need?
In the New Testament we see great examples of personal sharing, caring, and sacrifice amongst one another. Are you satisfied with the government taking away the Church’s responsibility to these social and welfare duties? It was the Church’s responsibility to take care of the poor, sick, widows, lame, and orphans. Instead, we are sitting back on our butts and letting the government take care of it. We need to wake up! To me this is the greatest ‘right’ at stake in this election. It is our right and responsibility to handle the welfare of God’s creation, and we are complacent with not doing any of it.
Voting for a president who will provide welfare and social programs is not fulfilling the Church’s responsibility to take care of these people. People need God, not government. Handing out food, building shelter, and providing clothes is the greatest advertisement we can have for God; but if all this advertisement turns into an advertisement for government, then i feel less will turn to God, and more and more will be lost in the grip of the government.
I have a heavy burden on my heart for the poor, but i also want an opportunity for the poor to see Jesus take care of them, not the government.