An American Privilege


The great American privilege of voting is tomorrow. We all agree this presidential race has been ugly, regardless of political perspective.

I’ve tried to come up with humor here, but every time that I write something down I’ve had to delete it as it speaks of one of the two candidates in a disparaging manner.

That’s right, why add another ugly voice to this mess?

The challenge is simple. Vote. Vote your conscience. Vote for a party platform if you need to because you can’t stomach either candidate. If you are given to it, or want to try something new, pray for direction and vote. Think about your children and grandchildren who will ask you in the future of whom you voted for a why. Have a good answer because you’ve worked it out.

Not voting reminds us of the old adage of not having the privilege of complaint when you don’t like the results. While ironic, I suggest you’ll be doing lots of complaining even if your candidate wins.

There has been talk about some Christians saying they will not vote as their choices seem to not be good choices at all, holding out for a form of fatalism that “God is in control anyway.” I for one agree that God is in control, regardless of who wins. And yet consider that each of us will be held accountable for our actions tomorrow. NOT VOTING for me is sin and nonsense fatalism. If we ran our entire lives under this premise, one would never get out of bed.

Okay, that last two sentences were a sermon. And no, I will not apologize.

My wife Tami and I voted via absentee ballots last week. We voted our conscience, marking for the candidate whose party platform we aligned best with. That’s right, we didn’t vote for a person but a party.