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Jesus-ify America: How Would You Vote
Have you ever been faced with a question you could not answer? One of my favorite professors has a knack for coming up with those kind of questions. And one particular day he posed this question to us: “If there was a bill to ‘Jesus-ify America, how would you vote and why?” It took us a good class period or two to wrestle with that one and come up with a few very different, and very valid, responses.
But first, let us take a moment to examine the question, shall we? The word “Jesus-ify” is quite vague and technically it’s not even a word. To define it, my professor gave us an example of what a “Jesus-ification” bill might look like. This bill would make abortion illegal, allow prayer in schools, require Creationism to be taught alongside Evolution, allow Christian religious symbols and icons to be displayed in public places, and would not recognize gay marriages. You get the idea.
There are some who would vote “Yes.”
They would say this is a great idea. This bill would promote good morals and would therefore help to better society in the long run. They would vote for this bill because it lines up with Christianity and their beliefs and it would be the right, “Christian” thing to do. By voting to pass this bill, these people would say that the Christian influence would be spread and prosperity would come. By making our laws match up with God’s laws, perhaps this country would experience more of His divine blessing.
Another big part of why many would vote for a bill like this is the Christian fight in politics. A bill like this would put more Christians in politics and that is a good thing. Our country needs more Christian leaders in politics to save this country economically, politically, socially and spiritually — or so this group of people would say.
But there are many who disagree and vote “No.”
A large portion of the Christian population would not vote to pass this bill to Jesus-ify America. While they agree it might “promote good morals,” they are quick to remark that morals start in the heart, not the law. And they ask if mandating good morals will really help anyone, particularly to lead them one step closer to Christ. And while it may spread the Christian influence, they do not believe that imposing that influence is the best way to represent the faith. While they agree that our laws should match God’s laws, they point out how well “laws” worked out for the Pharisees. The change, they argue, should be in the heart of the people above all, regardless of the politics of the country.
And speaking of politics, there are a good many people who are wary of Christians getting involved in politics. They recognize the need for good leaders in the country but also are very aware of the fact that these leaders are human. It has been well proven in political history that Christians have been manipulated, used to swing votes, and have been just as susceptible to the temptation of political power as any non-Christian leader. These people often state that we need more Christian leaders in our communities and in our homes first, rather than in our government. If this is really a government ruled by the people for the people, then these people are on to something.
So how would I vote?
I tend to side more with the people who would not pass this kind of a bill. I do not think the best way to win the world to Christ is through politics. I think politics in general, especially in this country, especially in this time, leaves a bitter taste in everyone’s mouth. In this country of “tolerance,” enforcing more freedom for Christianity would seem unfair to people of other religions.
However, if I get a chance to vote to outlaw gay marriage, I will vote yes. If I have a chance to vote to put a stop to abortions, I will vote yes. If there is a bill that I am faced with that lines up with what I believe in, I will vote yes. It is the bill that favors Christianity over the other religions that I have a hard time saying yes to. I’d rather win their hearts than their votes.
What does this matter?
This is an issue where we all must take a stand. We must decide, as our freedoms are slowly but surely stripped away, how will we fight for our faith. Will we go to court and, like David, stand before Goliath, the government? Or will we hit the streets like Paul, with nothing of our own except our conviction that changed hearts can change a nation?
Both are mighty goals. Both start with you.
What would you do? How would you vote?