I just read John Piper’s recent article “Policies, Persons, and Paths to Ruin, Pondering the Implications of the 2020 Election” and plan to review at least some of the many responses that are out there. In case you haven’t read it, I’ve added the link below.
Indeed, I suggest you read it. It covers many of the issues I have been struggling with. The bottom line is the question, what’s more important, this world or the one with Jesus? And who do we ultimately answer to?
John Piper is not suggesting to vote for a Democratic ticket. He made that clear with a follow up Tweet and a link at the bottom of his article to an older article in which he is clear that pro-abortion is a no-vote. That’s where I am at, too. There is no way that I can in good conscience vote for a party that endorses the killing of babies.
But Piper brings up a valid point. Is this the only sin that kills? No, it is not. His conclusion? It’s the same as mine. He’s still thrashing through all this. However, he does have closing remarks that are worth repeating here:
“I will be asked to give an account of my devotion to this life-giving calling. The world will ask. And the Lord of heaven will ask. And my conscience will ask. What will I say?
With a cheerful smile, I will explain to my unbelieving neighbor why my allegiance to Jesus set me at odds with death — death by abortion and death by arrogance. I will take him to Psalm 139 and Romans 1. And if he is willing, I will show him how abortion and arrogance can be forgiven because of Christ (Ephesians 1:7). And I will invite him to become an exile — to have a kingdom that will never be shaken, not even when America is a footnote in the archives of the new creation.”
We are not of this world; and, believe it or not, God is fully in control. My vote is accountable to God and God alone. I have the ability to assess the fullness of scripture in making my decision. Will I learn the lessons that it teaches and apply it to my life, including my vote?
I’m not voting for the Democrat ticket. No way, no how. But do I trust God that I might be free to cast my vote to a candidate that aligns with Biblical principles, knowing that a vote for someone else is a vote against Donald Trump? Do I trust God enough to handle this problem on his own, even if that may mean that he allows sin to multiply exponentially?
I trust God more than I do man. And a pride-filled, arrogant, boastful, antagonistic, sexually immoral, unrepentant leader only serves to instill those same values in his followers. Yes, abortion kills, but so does that, as Piper clearly explains.
I don’t plan to vote early. I will use this time wisely to hash out all angles on this. Certainly, some of you will not be happy if I vote for a write-in candidate. I must justify my vote.
I’m telling you, this two-party system isn’t making it easy for any of us.
Father, we’re coming down to the wire. My trust is in you. Amen.