Conscience is defined by Webster as an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior. Martin Luther spoke of his conscience as being captive to the Word of God and that he could not go against conscience. When we are told to “vote our conscience,” we are expected to vote for what we believe in, especially the tenets for which the candidate stands for.
I’ve already done my civic duty. Since moving, it was necessary to register and to avoid the long lines on election day, we voted early. It felt rather strange to do this. We were the only ones at the election site.
Often we go in to vote with great confidence because of our commitment to what we believe is best for our nation. When it comes to a presidential election, we feel proud to voice ourselves through our votes. It is, after all, one of the few rights we still hold as citizens. We educate ourselves – we’re affected by things we hear and read – we look at political and experience records, how our candidate will carry out his/her duties – we listen to that little voice in the back of our head, our conscience.
By listening to that resonating tone, we are truly voting what we believe in – not what has been spewed at us from the world, but what we believe is in accordance with our moral values. I would not assume to tell anyone how to vote. Most of you already know who I voted for. I do ask that before you make your decision, you look at the facts – not the licentiousness coming from the media. Look to your inner voice – the one that God has placed within you, to help you discern between right and wrong and then vote with confidence.