Do you ever feel as though your head is spinning, trying to figure out which presidential candidate (or elected official) to vote for? At times there are so many choices that it can be overwhelming. But going through the process of choosing a candidate – by selecting the person who is the best fit candidate for you – is possible and as far fetched as this may seem for some – you can have peace doing so!
How do you create a framework that will help guide you during the election season?
I will share with you the framework I like to use. Tweak it and modify it to create your own custom-design strategy. These are the points I consider.
1.) Know Yourself
- How involved do you want to be in the election process? Just because all your friends or family are completely engaged (or not) in the election process does not mean you need to follow their lead. Find the level of involvement that fits best for you whether that means you volunteer in your favorite candidate’s campaign or you’re on the other end of the spectrum and just prefer to participate by casting your vote on election day.
- Does watching the news, debates, and political television shows enlighten and educate you or does it only serve to bring confusion and steal your peace? If it steals your peace, turn it off!
2.) Get Wisdom – Educate Yourself.
- Go to non-partisan organizations and sites to educate yourself on the policies of the different candidates.
- If you don’t understand the policies of the candidates, talk to people you highly respect and people you know who understand the issues. Don’t mistake passion for knowledge. Realize that although people (on both sides) may be passionate about their candidate, that doesn’t always mean they know the issues. Choose your sources wisely.
3.) Find the Best Match – Who Shares Your Values?
- After you have done your homework, which candidate is closest aligned with your values? At times there are candidates whose personality I like better than other candidates, but personality aside, ultimately, I ask myself who comes the closest to matching my values.
- As always P R A Y. Man cannot fix America’s problems (or your city, state, or region’s problems) without the help of God.
- Ask for W I S D O M in knowing the right person to vote for.
5.) Follow Peace
- There will never be the “perfect candidate”. Accept it. That person doesn’t exist. However, you can have peace in knowing you have done ALL that you can do and then trust God with the outcome. He is sovereign. He is in control.
- Part of following P E A C E is taking action. Faith without works is dead. If I want to see change, I can’t just talk about it, I have to take action and voting is one such action.
Yes, P E A C E is available, even in the midst of an election!