An open letter to Christian editorial writers

Christian Politics

I have lately found myself amazed at how much editorial content is written by believers with strong “suggestions” as to which path to take in the upcoming election. Many of them present a recognizable format: start with the obvious negatives about voting for a known she-devil and then sum it up with a direction for the reader to “choose wisely” this election day. It’s as if they just can’t bring themselves to go ahead and say Trump’s name.

The element I’m always looking for, and always find lacking (besides his name), is the one that compels us to seek first the Kingdom, in all thy ways acknowledge Him, or PRAY about it. It’s as if many Christian writers are looking at this “dilemma” as if it’s now out of God’s Hands since it’s down to just these two unpalatable choices. I mean, what can God do about it now? We’ve got to take it from here, right? And the age-old “lesser of two evils” has never been more relevant, right? Wrong! If we’re seeking God’s counsel and delving into the Word for guidance in this, we quickly find scripture that steers us away from following after, or falling for, people who clearly fit the profile of both nominees.

Look at 2 Timothy 3: 1-5:

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

There is no way anyone can argue that 95% of the above scripture fits the profile of both candidates. And, there’s no way anyone can argue with exactly what the Bible directs us to do when faced with this type of person, “Have nothing to do with such people.” Pretty clear.

This is when folks tend to ask, “so, what do you suggest? We don’t vote and just let her win?”

This is when we, as Christians, should respond by suggesting that first, we pray. Next, pray some more. Then, we seek counsel from the Word. Finally, we listen to what the Lord lays on our hearts. Nowhere in this process should we “lean unto our own understanding” no matter how obvious that may seem to be. Nothing in the Word leads me to insinuate to anyone else what a “wise choice” would be for their vote, especially not another Christian. Until they have their own conversation about this with the Lord, they shouldn’t be listening to another soul for direction.

This leads us to the faith factor. Do we trust God or don’t we? Yes, you say? Why not in this then?

I am not seeing anything about faith or trusting Him for the outcome from any of these articles of late. Instead, I’m reading fear, desperation, wavering, and shrinking back. Do you want to know what God says about shrinking back?

We get a clear understanding in Hebrews 10: 35-39:

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.  For, ‘In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.’ And, ‘But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.’ But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

Those are my marching orders. So, I personally will not be guided by suggestions of voting “correctly.” Those suggestions come from man. I will be guided by my Lord and Savior and I’ll trust His direction.

I will be going to the polls, but I won’t be voting for either of these boastful, proud lovers of selves. I was told not to have anything to do with them. I’ll be writing in the name of the person who the Lord has laid upon my heart. Wasted vote, you say? Maybe, at least in man’s eyes. But in the Lord’s eyes I will be trusting in Him for the outcome and not shrinking back.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen Him do amazing, miraculous things when man puts “unnatural” faith in Him. When we hand our impossible situations to Him, He does His best work. Let’s write about that for a change!

Betty Tompkins

I have worked as an advertising writer since the early 80s, just after graduating from UNC-Wilmington with a BA degree in English. I started with Lewis Advertising in Rocky Mount, NC and moved to Greensboro, NC where I worked for many years with Trone Advertising. After years of making some great contacts, I was able to relocate to a wonderfully remote mountain area and continue my writing career on a freelance basis. Over the last several years, my priorities have become more spiritual in nature and I now find myself writing more from a need to keep the Word “relevant” and less from a monetary need. I am a total Cruz conservative. I do not identify anymore with the party as it has devolved. Now, watching “evangelical” (I don’t agree with that word as a description of all Christians) writers take on water in a show of political desperation breaks my heart daily and I have developed a passion to write about all things "steadfast".

  1. Thank you Betty for truthful words…

    2 Corinthians 4

    1 Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.

    2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.

  2. AMEN TO EVERY WORD OF THE ARTICLE . I’m so thankful for someone to articulate what I’ve said to other strong Christians but get a blank state in return.

  3. This is a watershed year for the faithful. A year to pray and believe that he hears our prayers. I believe Betty has stated what we all as Christians should be doing praying continuously that God’s will be done. A couple of weeks ago pastor Joe preached about God wanting to give us the desires of our heart. Well my desire is that he will take over this election and touch the heats and minds not only of the voters; but also the ones currently in leadership positions locally, state-wide, and on a federal level.

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