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One Issue Voting and Christianity | November 14, 2016

At one time in my life, I was the one issue voter. I sat under preaching that advocated that approach to the political voting season. I listened to particular preachers that suggested the Christian thing to do was to vote on one issue and only one.

Growing up in the bible belt it’s considered the single most important thing to do. Vote one issue in favor of the Republican platform. Abortion, as I was told, is and will always be the single most influential issue to believers. But then the tide began to shift both in our culture and in my life.

The New Testament gospels tell a story of Jesus caring about all different types of people. And though there was no voting system or infrastructure in Jerusalem, Jesus gravitated towards political zealots and political hustlers, namely Simon the Zealot and Matthew the tax collector. Not only did he spend time with them, he called them to be his early disciples who would later become his apostles. Marinate on that.

Jesus never landed on or pushed or preached just one issue. I’m sure the pushback would be that Jesus only talked about repentance, but that would be wrong. He talked about the kingdom of God and heaven, money, hell, righteousness, and the mission of God. This is critical because followers of Christ shouldn’t go around pushing just one issue.

So where are we left? I’m glad you asked. That question is best answered by this popular verse in the book of Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

Here’s how Christians are commanded to live and act every day, every year, every 2 years, and every 4 years. Consider others more important than yourself! With your prayers, time, patience, love, giving, money, food, and votes.

Be encouraged fam.

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