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Voting with My Actions

As my wife and I have argued, discussed, and talked together over the past few months about politics I think we have both come to the conclusion that there is more to do than to simply cast a vote in today’s election. What would happen if we didn’t just take a stand on an issue that is important to us on election day, and took a stand on that issue every day?

I want a candidate that supports efforts to protect the environment, yet I don’t even recycle. I want a candidate that will limit, restrict, and ultimately lessen abortions in America; but other than the financial gift I give to my local church I really don’t back that ideology up with much action. I want a candidate that cares for the poorest among us, but I’m not sure I’m doing enough in my own community to help those same people.

I need to stop looking for the “perfect” candidate; and instead start looking at myself. This article by Cameron Strange in Relevant Magazine totally kicked my apathetic butt. Do something! It starts with voting your convictions, but it can’t end there!

We need to pray for our leaders and our country, but always remember that
our leaders and country do not define us. We are the generation that will shape
the direction culture, government and social action will take in the next 50
years. It s not up to Washington, it s up to us—and I say it s time we step up
and lead the charge.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.