Jesus said that those who follow him are “the salt of the earth.” Yet, he warned: “But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor?” (Matthew 5:13, NLT).
In a similar way, he said that his disciples are “the light of the world.” And, “no one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house” (Matthew 5:15, NLT).
So, will your vote reflect the salty values Jesus taught us? Will the light of Christ and his teaching shine brightly as you mark your ballot?
Of course, not every question at play in this election cycle is explicitly addressed in Scripture. However, one issue which is clearly both on the ballot and in the Bible is marriage.
Jesus’ teaching on this subject is unambiguous. In response to a question about divorce, he said:
“Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” (Matthew 19:4-5, ESV)
Appealing to the pattern God established in creation, Jesus taught that marriage is between a male and a female. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.
In 2004, 76% of Georgia voters supported this understanding of marriage when we approved a constitutional amendment that says in part: “This state shall recognize as marriage only the union of man and woman. Marriages between persons of the same sex are prohibited in this state.”
Since then, the national culture has shifted significantly. Now, not every candidate on the ballot, even in Georgia, supports marriage as “the union of man and woman.” Do you know where the major parties now stand on this question? What about the candidates on the ballot this year?
The bottom line: when you vote on Tuesday will your ballot reflect the values Jesus taught us? Or, will your vote show that, at least in your case, the salt has “lost its flavor?” I’m praying for a “salty” outcome on Tuesday.