There are many Christians who've decided to not announce publicly who they're voting for.
Pastors, authors, speakers... they've prayed about it extensively and come to this conclusion.
For those in the public eye, it's so important to make this decision with much prayer and thought.
I understand that if you endorse one candidate, you risk making supporters of the other candidate feel alienated when they sit in your congregation, read your books, listen to you speak.
Church is about people coming together, unified by following Christ.
It's a family that welcomes ANYONE in, no matter what.
I think it's wise for these leaders to follow what God is leading them to do; to say, "Seek God's heart. Read His word. Vote your convictions," but not necessarily say a name of a particular candidate.
Nowhere in the word of God are we told to remain silent on issues.
We are told to seek wisdom... to listen for God's leading... to do good and protect the vulnerable.
We are told to speak truth in love, to not seek to offend, to guide our words cautiously, to respect those in authority.
After seeing MANY of the leaders in my life prayerfully choose to not share which candidate they are voting for...
I have prayerfully chosen to be public about my vote.
There are many people who are undecided and unsure.
If those of us who are led to speak up remain silent, they will be swayed by those who ARE vocal.
If you've read this blog for any length of time, you know my heart.
You know I am passionate about life and people and the Church rising up to take their place.
Christians and politics are not mutually exclusive.
Rather, as Christians we are called to engage, to use wisdom, to speak up on behalf of those who are unable to... on behalf of those who have been silenced.
Nate and I mailed in our ballots last week.
We voted for Mitt Romney.
There are a lot of views, a lot of words, a lot of talk, a lot of slander being slung around in society about both candidates.
The bottom line is I look at the issue of life.
How a candidate values life in all stages shows clearly where their heart is.
I do not think the Romney administration will approach everything perfectly.
No administration ever does.
However, the Obama administration has not valued life.
In fact, it has waged war against those in our nation who have no voice.
I also do not believe in a big government that controls the wheels of capitalism and turns it into a system of wealth redistribution.
I do not believe in a government that financially takes care of its people.
I believe in a government that protects the freedoms of its people to financially take care of themselves, and in doing so empowers its people to create jobs, take risks, and invest in the care of others who are struggling to make ends meet.
I believe in a government that is for the people, by the people... not a government that is for big government, not a government that weaves its control throughout every aspect of society.
I believe Mitt Romney is by far the better choice for President of our nation as we seek to do what is best for all of us.
Not a perfect choice.
Not a "Christian" choice.
But overwhelmingly the best choice.
If you are a follower of Christ, then you need to read the scriptures, seek wisdom for yourself, and ask for God to give you HIS heart on the issues at hand.
You know what conclusion I have come to.
Whatever conclusion you come to, please vote.
It is our responsibility as Christ followers to engage.
To respectfully and responsibly take a stand.
To take action based on love and our convictions.
To take every opportunity to do what is best for the people of the nation we live in.
(To read more on why Christians should be politically engaged, visit Glenn Packiam's well-voiced post.)