I have to admit that I am already so burdened and troubled by the 2016 election cycle and it is still over 10 months until Election Day! Invectives. Slander. Bellicose personalities. When will it all stop?
However, this is not new in American history. Alexander Hamilton was murdered in 1804 by former VP Aaron Burr (grandson of Jonathan Edwards) because Hamilton prevented Burr from stealing the election from Thomas Jefferson. In the election of 1828, the rumors of supposed bigamy by Andrew Jackson’s wife Rachel drove her to an early death and President Jackson on a path of revenge against his political enemies. During the election of 1884, the mudslinging between Grover Cleveland and James G. Blaine reached new lows as illegitimate children and financial malfeasance was brought to light through song!
However, there is something about this election that drove me to 2 Tim. 2:22-4:5 for my #QT this morning. For I sense that in many regards, religious leaders whether they prefer the Democrat or Republican in our country are being persuaded to abandon their spiritual offices for the political spotlight. I sense that synagogues and churches across the spiritual spectrum are willing to compromise their Biblical values for a shiny object that will turn green as soon as we put the ring on our finger. I sense we are abandoning our voting souls, whether liberal or conservative, for something that is not really there.
Tzedakah Ministries nor myself will NEVER endorse or campaign for a candidate. It is not proper. However, I do ask the readers of this blog post to do two things before voting: (1) ask yourself how would Jesus vote and (2) read 2 Tim 2:22-4:5 before you push the lever. It might not change an election but it will change you. And if you don’t know Jesus yet, it could change your eternity!