Voting Beyond Tribe and Political Color

We’re at a tipping point in our nation’s history. Our economy and public health were devastated by the pandemic. We need a strong leader who can choose the right steps for recovery.

Our own lives may not be at stake if the outcome of the election results in six years of bad leadership, but we can’t say the same for the extremely poor and the needy and for the future generations whose quality of life will be affected by decisions made by elected officials. That’s how crucial our choice is.

Our vote is as much a responsibility to the nation as it is an individual right.

We are designed to be in community, therefore in any decision we make, we always consider its effect on others. Sin and corruption are perpetuated when we just think about our freedom and our rights without taking the lives of other people into consideration. 

This is why we appeal to each voter, make a choice beyond your loyalty to your region, your family, or even your chosen political party. Instead, let’s consider voting for the following:

1. Vote for a sustainable future for the next generation.

There will always be a generation that comes after us, and whether we like it or not, the truth is, they have to live with our choices. We’ve been living with the choices our predecessors have made and we admit some of those have caused us pain. 

So let’s make decisions knowing that the choices we make today can be a blessing or a curse to the next generation. Let’s not be like King Hezekiah, who found it good for his own flesh and blood to be taken away and become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon, just because there is peace and security in his lifetime (Isaiah 39:6-8).  

2. Vote for righteousness to prevail in every sphere of society.

It’s sad to think that there are people who actually embrace that nothing can be done about corruption in every sphere of society. We’re not expecting the elected officials to be the ones to get rid of corruption in the Philippines. Corruption is a heart issue and only God can transform hearts.

But we certainly expect the government to do its job of pursuing righteousness by being in the forefront to push for transparency and accountability in public service. We expect the government to be good stewards of the nation’s resources. We expect the government to establish measures to prevent corruption and unnecessary bureaucracy.

3. Vote for justice for those who are poor and oppressed.

Some of us may lead comfortable lives but we don’t have to look far to see the effects of injustice on the poor and the oppressed. In voting, we need to ask ourselves, “With this decision, am I advocating for better opportunities for those who are in the fringes of society? For those who are experiencing oppression and discrimination? Am I being a voice to the voiceless, to fight for those who cannot vote but who will be affected by my vote?” 

God has given us human beings agency to act in justice and righteousness and to show mercy and love every single day. Choosing the right candidate for the job is part of the stewardship and responsibility that He has given us as His followers. Let us trust Him with the outcome and let’s do our part by casting our ballot with wisdom and discernment.

God bless the Philippines!

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