I just noticed something recently. You know how the media likes to encourage people to follow their heart? Well, there’s a problem with that, which I’ve been noticing especially in regards to the impending election. By “following your heart” they typically mean “do what you feel like”, and the danger of that is the ease with which the media can make us feel something. The media has mastered the art of creating emotions in their listeners simply by what and how they report, and people have been trained to act on emotion. What really scares me is when a politician bases their campaign on emotion-anger, fear, whatever. So here’s my plea, especially as we approach a major voting day this week:
Please, do not vote based on your emotions. Don’t vote because someone makes you mad about something and it makes you feel good. Don’t vote because someone planted fear in your mind and then convinced you they will keep you safe. Vote for someone because you did your research and are convinced that they are the one you want to represent this country – and ultimately you yourself – to the rest of the world. Don’t vote because somebody worked you up about something.
This is not a time for emotional action. This is the time for sober thought and careful judgment and action based on the two. We as God’s ambassadors have a duty to fulfill, and God forbid that we fail our duty to honor Him because we were too caught up in the moment. Please, let’s not just follow our hearts when so much is at stake.
1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
He’s not just devouring individuals…he’s working on devouring the nation. Let us not unintentionally aid him by neglecting to use wisdom instead of feelings.