In November of this year, a new president will be elected. He or she will take office in January of 2017. The candidates are Donald Trump and Ted Cruz representing the Republican party, Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic party. The two parties have many differences in how they will run the government and what laws they will attempt to enact.
I use the term “attempt” because of the way our government is constructed. It is a law making organization that is made of checks and balances. There are three branches which must work together to be a government, of the people, for the people and by the people. In other words, laws are to be enacted only in agreement by all three branches. The three branches are: Executive, Legislative and Judicial.
We as Americans are listening to the promises and claims made by the presidential candidates for the coming election. The background and track records of all the candidates are being scrutinized and exposed to the greatest possible degree. The information is necessary to inform voters for whom they should vote. People are making the decision on how to vote based on what they hear, read or get told. Ultimately their decision is on information and personal belief.
But, what many people may not know is that the President of the United States and Vice President will be elected. In addition, elections will be held for all 435 voting-member seats in the United States House of Representatives, and 34 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate. People who vote for the president, also vote for the legislators in their area. In addition, when the new president is elected, he will choose any positions in the Judicial branch that are open. It is likely next year, that will happen.
Especially for Christians, it is necessary that they know the promises the candidates make will depend on the approval of the Legislative and Judicial branches of the government. Our country is ingeniously devised to prevent candidates with strong ideas and plans, from enacting them without full approval of the government.
Here is where the importance of voting for a candidate in a party, even though you do not like him, makes sense:
If a voter opposes a candidate in the party they prefer and votes for the candidate of the other party just because of Christian belief, it would be voting for the worst possible outcome. That is because if the candidate of the undesirable party wins, that party’s legislative branch will also gain strength. That party’s president will also select Supreme Court Justices favoring that party. It will be easier for that president to pass laws that are against Christian belief. It will be “Selling the Farm.”
However, if a voter votes for the candidate they oppose in the party they prefer, there will still be hope. That party will gain strength in the legislature but it will be difficult if not impossible for that president to enact laws that his party does not want. Also, that party’s president will probably have to select Supreme Court Justices who favor that party.
For this election at least, I believe that Christians should vote for their party, regardless of who is the presidential candidate. Because it is not just the president but the entire government. Do not turn the government over to an non-Christian party because your party doesn’t have a favorable candidate.