The Only Way I Can Vote…

I took a walk this morning to grab a cup of coffee from the cafe across the street. I noticed that the air is getting colder, the leaves are slowly changing. This morning was the start of a perfect autumn day.

But I found myself frustrated, clenching my fists, telling God that this whole election thing has got me in knots. I know what everyone is telling me I should do, but I don’t know the right thing to do.

Just as I prepared to cross the street, I heard him whisper,

“You are not accountable for your nation, you are accountable for yourself.”

Instantly, all of my frustration fell off in the middle of that street and I knew what the right decision for me is:

I cannot vote for either of the main candidates in this election.

Believe me when I tell you that I have wrestled over this. I have prayed, sought counsel, listed the pros and cons. I have not made my choice without weighing every single possible outcome.

Here’s the thing: yes, maybe my country is seemingly going down the toilet. Either way, it’s likely that both candidates are going to make some detrimental decisions for this country. But I am not going to answer to God for those things. 

I am going to answer to God for the state of my heart when I stood inside of that voting booth. 

He will know whether or not I was pure in my choice or if I violated my conscience. He will know if I stuffed down all of the truth that stirs in my gut every single time either of the candidates speak.

He will know if I am compromising my Godliness for my Americanness.

He knows that I am not trying to be reckless in my decision, He knows that I simply cannot violate my own heart by bowing down to those that tell me I have to choose “the lesser of two evils”.

He will not hold me accountable for the decisions of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. He will hold me accountable for mine.

I will vote. I will honor the lives given for that right. But I keep in mind that their lives were given so that I could make the choice I believe is right. Not the choice that the church tells me is right, not the choice CNN or FOX tells me is right.

At the end of the day, I live with my choices and mine alone. My ability to look at myself in the mirror is worth more to me than the White House. My personal conscience is worth more to me than the Supreme Court.

I love this country and I care about its future. Whatever the outcome, I will pray for my President. And I will continue to believe that God honors those that honor Him. So, in this decision, I will do what my conscience says honors Him.

I will write in my vote and it will count. The name I write will not become President, but it will count because I did not deceive myself into thinking it’s noble to sacrifice my conscience and the truth for the “better of my country”.

They say we have to save our country, right? We have to gain back its greatness, don’t we?

“But what do you benefit if you gain America, and lose your own soul?”

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “The Only Way I Can Vote…”

  1. Thank you young lady. I, too, have a issue with this election. But not anymore. You just wrote exactly what I needed. GOD Bless.

  2. I too couldnt in good conscience get behind either candidate. Thanks for articulating what I couldn’t put into words.

  3. Thank you for sharing. I am a Christian too! I’ve wrestled with this issue as well. I appreciate your stand and your stand encourages me even more. I’ve also come to the same conclusion. I will not be voting for either candidate. You often hear people say that if you don’t vote, then you have no reason to complain. You also hear people say that something like “all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Both statements are somewhat true, however, both are man made and I have decided that I will follow God and not man’s statements or opinions. Again, there are a lot of truths in these two statements but I have to trust God and His Word.

    Again, thank you for posting this. It was very encouraging for me to read this morning. I love keeping with your blog as much as I can. Keep on standing for what is right. You just never know who is watching you!

    1. Thank you so much. I can’t tell you how encouraging it is to hear that there are people who are also willing to stand up for truth, even if it isn’t the popular choice. You can imagine that not everyone has been happy with my choice to voice this viewpoint, but it’s people like you who remind me that the truth needs to be spoken and it will always be worth it. Thank you so much.

      1. The Godly choice often isn’t the popular choice. I appreciate your guts to stand up for what you believe in. Well done. May God give you the strengh to alwys make the Godly choices in your life.

  4. What wise words. I have been watching the campaigning with dismay from South Africa, and have wondered how I would vote if I were American. You have provided a wonerful answer, and not only for Americans at this moment, but for any person who has a vote in a democracy

  5. Reblogged this on Abrie dink hardop and commented:
    Please read this post from Ashlin and the comments people made. I will give you an idea of the moral struggles many Christian do currently have in America. Ashlin Thank you for honest and sober take on the American election! Abrie Joubert

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