I know, it seems like a silly question (and I suppose it’s not a grammatically correct one, either!). These days the question is all about for whom you are voting, not for what you are voting. But as people of faith, we go into the voting booth with other questions besides the “who” on our mind. We go into the voting booth with the questions asked at our baptism on our mind, I hope.
Among other questions, at baptisms I ask those who are old enough to answer for themselves, or the sponsors of those who are younger, if they will “persevere in resisting evil”, “proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ”, “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself”, and finally, if they will “strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.” These are the principles that inform our daily lives as people who have found life and hope and meaning in the life of Jesus. And these are the same principles that we take with us into the voting booth.
Did you know? Official Episcopal policy recognizes voting and political participation as acts of Christian stewardship. Expressing our faith by participating in the political process and by exercising our right to vote (and making sure others do not lose these rights) is, simply put, a moral obligation. So please, vote. And pray for our nation.