Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but for those advising peace there is joy. No harm can come to the righteous, but the wicked are overwhelmed with disaster. Lying lips are an abomination to Adonai, but those who deal faithfully are His delight. A cautious person conceals knowledge, but the heart of a fool blurts out folly.
When I vote, I never vote politically, my votes, as all my other voices of opinion and all that I stand upon in that which is right and wrong, are always drained through the strainer of God; His Ways, His Wisdom, His Word.
I live in a suburb in Denver, Colorado. It’s time to cast our vote for this year’s purposals. Every issue and ballot calls for various tax increases to certain counties and cities within my voting influence. I received my ballot in the mail along with the counties pamphlet detailing each ballot and it’s purposals. With the exception of one, no print was given voice in the “vote against” section provided in each section. The reason stated every time was “No comments were filed by the constitutional deadline.”
When dealing in the area of politics I find it difficult to rule my critical heart without cynicism. I believe it’s because I realized long ago, that Yeshua (Jesus) veered away from politics. Not because He was a wimp, or had no opinions, but because when it comes to politics, without exception there is deceit, greed, and corruption at the heart of the motives for how people rule over people. God’s desire was never that people would ever rule other people. He desired to be the Ruler. His heart never corrupted or tempted by the things people are subject to in such ways. Greed cannot be His heart, nor false motives. Only God retains such a purity. His scales are able to dip much more deeply and accurately to the true needs of people than any other. The kind of education God considers essential is not and has not been taught for tens of years in any public system. The kind of needs He sees as essential come from a totally different perspective than comfort and rights. His balances are altogether unworldly. God doesn’t need money. God owns every reserve on planet earth.
The age old proverb and wise counsel of God:
“Do unto others as you would have them do into you” is twisted and distorted commonly. Yet it applies every time we vote, raise our voice in opinion, or take a stand with our actions.
At present, my income has not went up in 4 years, yet my cost of living has increased by 400%. If I do not stay within my budget and manage my money with His wisdom, I will fail to pay my bills, and hence risk debt, fines, or jail. It’s easy to sound cynical, but there’s not an ounce in my next statement.
If I can do this with my measly income, then so can those who manage theirs. My vote will be NO to each issue/ballot.
Since the beginning of time people have been griping about taxes. But the issue was not really the taxes for which they were purposed to be used but the fact they they never got used for its publicly proclaimed intent. People who rule over people with money, rarely see the people at all. They see their money, thus making a human being, precious in the sight of God, a monetary symbol in the cogs of the population wheel. This grieves the heart of God, for there will never be a monetary value placed on one person today or any day. Nor will any “formal education” whether it be labeled “Christian” or “atheist” be taken into account of the value of the pearls that each one is given by Him. So we see that God’s balance of what’s worthy and valuable disintegrates the world view of worth. He also sees the true needs of people fall into a category that far exceeds a nations debt to pay. Physical health, education, and true needs of the human body come nowhere near balanced in a human perspective. God sees no limits to our abilities – ever! Why? Because they are all caught up in His perspective, which allows for far more discomfort than humans can stoop to for themselves, but will allow for others. Given every one of these aspects of God’s character, very plainly laid out for all to see, when it comes to a monetarily motivated issue, I vote no. As He instructs. He then shows the proof of His ability to rise above the flood on money issues in my own life. I don’t manage my money so much as God manages me. Money is no object/obstacle to Him.
This is my voiced raised, speaking into the real issues to be considered for my “vote”. God, who He is, His character, is my filter for all things. Only He will cast my vote, I’m just a vessel for which His glory will be gotten, His will shall be done – on earth as it is in heaven. Every Follower of Yeshua, will cast votes according to who they truly believe that He is. Who do you say that He is? How well will He say you know Him? Cast your vote, and be counted. For at every crossroad, this is the bottom line, for all of time and eternity.
♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡