Our society is increasingly drifting toward a state of convictionless convictions. I basically created a new way to describe the pluralism of tolerances by which our society believes is right – if it’s actually possible to define what “right” really means. I’ve never been accused of being politically correct. And I don’t intend to win that label today. I’m pretty much shocked that I’m surprised by the way some people think. I’ll agree that it’s your prerogative to think what you want to think and believe what you want to believe; but, that doesn’t make it right!
Perhaps I should end my rant and get on with my point. This week was another round of the 2016 Presidential Primary elections and my home state was up to the polls. It’s a priority in our home to vote because we believe that it’s our fundamental responsibility as citizens of this great country; not to mention, it takes very little effort to cast a vote. I know I shouldn’t be, but I was appalled that so few people share my perspective. The population of the state of Missouri is a little more than six million people. Only about 25% of Missouri’s citizen’s (about 1.5 million people) voted in this year’s presidential primary election. I’m no political pundit and maybe 25% is a good turnout; however, that seems really low to me.
Okay, I’ve stepped off of my second soap-box. Let me step onto one more before I make my point. This morning I logged on to my go to news app, USAToday.com, to check out the results of the election. The vote differential for both the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations were razor thin. Clinton won over Sanders by a mere 1,531 votes and Trump defeated Cruz by 1,726 votes. Each candidate won our state’s delegates by less than 1% of the electorate.
What I’m frustrated by, in a race that was nearly too close to call, was the amount of people who voted for “Others” on their ballots. Who are these “Others”? If you voted on the Republican ticket, you saw more than just the four candidates campaigning for the Republican nomination. For example, Governor Chris Christie’s name was on the ballot. He received 1,677 votes – and he suspended his campaign more than a month ago! Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was still on the ballot. He received 2,137 votes – and he pulled his name from the race on February 1. In other words, nearly 2.5% of the votes cast for the Republican presidential nomination were for people who were not running for president. The Democrat side saw their fair share of votes cast for “Others” as well – 6,404 votes were cast for people who were no longer running for president.
This gets me a little “politically” fired up. Those votes might have shifted the outcome of the election. But even greater than this election, the “Others” votes reminds me of how morally depraved our tolerant society really is. I understand that my right to vote allows me the right to vote for anyone I want. And I agree that there may not have been an ideal candidate running that I perfectly align with politically. But there were only four Republican candidates and two Democrat candidates to elect. That means the “Others” were not electable choices.
Herein lies a principle that applies to Salvation and Eternal Life. There’s a right and a wrong…a winning side and a losing side…you’ll choose Jesus and go to heaven or you’ll not choose Jesus and go to hell. And as much as people would love to pick and choose their preferable beliefs, there are no “others” when it comes to eternity. Jesus, the co-eternal Son of God, audaciously claimed in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Whether you want to believe in Jesus in irrelevant. Our friends can believe in any number of logical paths to heaven. But that doesn’t mean they are okay. Faith in Jesus is so much greater than the outcome of any election. When it comes to our eternity, we don’t get another chance to “make the right vote” in four years. The eternities of our friends and family are real and the need to share Jesus with them is urgent. Take a stand and share your faith.