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I really want it to be done on Wednesday…but it probably won’t.  Sure the political ads may end, but the disgust that comes from people who disagree with my views won’t be done.  I dislike that more than the political ads.  Our country is extremely polarized right now, but it’s not so much that we disagree with each other, but we attack each other, and at times it can be pretty hateful.  This situation doesn’t deter me from voting, but it also doesn’t encourage me to vote all the more.  I don’t vote to “stick it” to someone.  I vote because I enjoy the opportunity to have some kind of input into what is going on in my local, state and federal government…no matter how “minor” that input may seem.  I also have a dad who is a veteran, and there’s a piece of me that feels I shouldn’t waste something that men have given their lives to defend.

Back to my original point…I’ve seen a few comments about how pathetic or stupid or ignorant we evangelical Christians are for voting based on our morals, especially when based on Biblical principles.  I’ve seen people go as far to say something to the tune of, “If you vote based on moral conviction, you probably would have voted for Hitler back in the day because he stood for many of our moral convictions during his campaign.”  Nice…see part of what I’m talking about, though?

I don’t hate women, but I feel compelled to stand up for those who can’t stand for themselves, like unborn babies, hence the reason I’m pro-life.  I don’t hate homosexuals, but if you’re going to give me the opportunity to choose whether or not they should be allowed to get married, I’m going to choose to not allow it (by the way, check out this for what I think is a great message on this issue and this for my favorite political ad).  And though I don’t think everything Israel does is good or correct, I’m not about to support someone who wants to attack it or encourage Israel to shrink back from promises that God made to them (like land, go to page 4 to see how big Israel should be).  I’m compelled to vote on these things because of my convictions that I have based on my relationship with God and His word.

His word also gives me the boldness to not worry so much about the economy, jobs, healthcare and taxes.  It’s not that I don’t think those things matter, they’re just not at the top of my priority list based on my convictions.

And therein lies the problem.  A lack of respect for others convictions.  We can disagree until we’re blue in the face on various issues, but to be hateful to each other because we think differently and choose different paths…that’s uncalled for.  So I encourage you to vote tomorrow…and vote based on your God-given convictions and don’t allow man to intimidate you in your decisions.

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