The Question: How can I be a Christian and vote for Barack Obama?
It’s been asked over and over the last few months, but became more and more frequent as yesterday approached. Here’s my answer, not that the people asking the question are reading my blog.
Luke 4:18-19 Jesus is speaking, saying of himself:
He (God) has annointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
Again, Jesus speaking in Matthew 25:
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, in prison and you came to visit me.
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
I have heard a lot of Christians use fear words like communism and socialism over the last few days. When did doing what Jesus came to do become communism and/or socialism? This is what we are here for, that God’s will may be done ON EARTH as it is in Heaven. I know we are called to a lot as Christians, but God’s calling on my life has been exactly this. He has placed me in the city I live in to serve the poor and the oppressed. The truth so many of us want to ignore though, is that He’s called each of us to this, not just me. I didn’t like this calling either. I don’t like not having financial security. I don’t like being uncomfortable around poor people, or going into their neighborhoods. I don’t like giving away my stuff. I don’t like opening the door to my house. But Jesus didn’t really ask me if I like any of that. He just said to do it.
In light of that, I happen to believe that President-Elect Obama will actually be better for “the least of these.” I know there are other “issues” and I would argue that he actually views them the same way. But regardless, I believe that I am being obedient to my God.
Many Christians have expressed concern that they will now be persecuted because of President-Elect Obama taking office. The only Christians I have seen persecuted so far are the ones who are in support of him, and they are only being persecuted by their fellow believers. Please don’t be one of the ones persecuting. Please don’t be one of the ones peddling fear with words that don’t fit. If you want to claim God as your God, please do… but don’t question someone else’s salvation or faith because you don’t agree with the way they voted. And please don’t assume that you know which candidate God is for.
Dare I say it? Maybe even start to consider that God actually IS happy with the election’s outcome!
**Please know, that this isn’t directed at any one person. Please also know that I know and love deeply many people who voted differently than me… in fact, many more than voted with me. I have (hopefully) shown respect for those with differing views, as I have also been shown much respect for mine. I am thankful for my family and friends who believe passionately in what God has shown them and have been willing to have respectful dialogue in this long process. I am especially thankful for those of you who have done so with great humor and fun!