So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
As followers of Jesus Christ, our desire should always be to bring glory to God in every action and decision we make. I seldom publicly endorse candidates (as a Pastor) as I never want political opinions to hinder the spread of the gospel. Politically speaking, our country is very divided. Kentucky is also very divided in regards to the race for our next Governor. I did have the privilege, along with several pastors in our area, of meeting Senator John Schickel and Representative Savannah Maddox on Tuesday evening. They both strongly support life, protecting life in the womb, making adoptions more affordable, fighting to protect religious liberties, and guarding government sanctioned addictive activities (like gaming) that most often prey on the poorest and most vulnerable in our communities. I am thankful for biblically minded representatives who stand for biblical truths!
I would much rather talk about the Gospel and theology than about political issues. However, if you ask me, I will tell you up front, I will NEVER endorse a candidate who supports or advocates for abortion. Last week, I was at an out of town funeral and somebody tried to convince me that states (particularly Governors) have nothing to do with abortion because it is a federal issue. I told her, we should probably talk about something else because her mind was made up and I wasn’t going to change my conviction that being pro-life is at the top of my list in political considerations.
I’m thankful that Kentucky has taken steps (through SB 9 “Kentucky Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Bill”) to try to protect the unborn. Some states have gone the other direction in making abortion on demand available at any point of a pregnancy. With the current make-up of the Supreme Court, it is my prayer that Roe v Wade will be one day be overturned. If Roe v Wade is overturned, then states get to determine abortion rights, or limits, for their particular state. We have prayed for years for the end of abortions and I hope we never lose heart in standing up to protect the lives of the weak and helpless.
Yes, there are lots of other issues in which we need to seek the Lord before we cast our vote. Sometimes we feel helpless as we see immoral cultural trends increasing rapidly. We need to be prayerful and we need to be responsible citizens by making our voices heard and by casting our votes. I also think we should be involved in issues at local levels when possible. We need Christians on our school boards and county offices. We need to ask the Lord to raise up Christians to run for office and support those who are in office.
As Christians we may have differing views about issues and politics but we should be careful not to allow elections to divide us and cause us to be judgmental towards one another. If your conscience allows you to vote in a way that is different than another person, respect their convictions. Ultimately, and most importantly, we know God is Sovereign and Jesus really is the only hope for America. As a matter of fact, I think we should talk less about Bevins, Beshear, Trump, Biden, and Warren and talk a lot more about Jesus! In regards to the election, let us pray and vote to the glory of God. And then pray for our Governor (whoever wins) and focus on loving one another (that will surely glorify God). Bro. Harold