‘Vote your conscience’!
I do not teach my kids ‘vote your conscience!’ Do You? I am telling my children to Pray!
‘Vote your conscience’ is definitely the thing to say in this crazy election season. We Americans are turning out to be a very passionate group of people, but often to the point of being very rude. Opinions are flying back and forth with wild abandon. Political conversations are getting heated and quickly becoming very uncomfortable.
If you want to get out of the argument with overly passionate people, just say, “Vote your conscience”. 😉 If you’re not really up on the issues, just say, “I’m going to vote my conscience”. If you don’t want to admit who you’re voting for, just say, “I’m going to vote my conscience and you should, too”. It’s a great cop-out line! It’s a great line to use if you want to appear to be taking the high ground on an issue when you don’t know all the facts.
We use the word conscience out of context; especially definition #3. It sounds like I’m slamming the word, but I’m talking about how we use it.
- The inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action: “to follow the dictates of conscience.” (Can be used as an excuse to do or not do something)
- The complex of ethical and moral principles that controls or inhibits the actions or thoughts of an individual. (Says who? What is your measuring stick?)
- An inhibiting sense of what is prudent: “I’d eat another piece of pie but my conscience would bother me.” – (False guilt – haha, I say this all the time)
What dictates or controls your conscience? Is there an angel or a devil on your shoulder? Which one do you listen to? If you’re like me, you might be tempted to listen to the wrong one. I am definitely influenced and shaped by those around me.
“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”? (Jim Rohn-Business Insider) If you don’t have a foundation and a strong sense of who you are and what’s right and wrong, your associates will ‘shape your conscience’.
Vote your conscience? Be careful; your conscience will go with your feelings. It is so easy to be talked into other people’s opinions. I watch and listen to ads, news stories, polls and people’s opinions. If I believed everything I heard and saw, I’d be convinced that one candidate was amazing. The next day I’d be convinced that the other candidate was amazing. If my beliefs and opinions are based on what I hear from our media, I would form a strong, definite opinion. I could say with great conviction, that I will vote my conscience and believe that I was absolutely right.
It’s so funny, because while I actually know that the media manipulates me, I’m still swayed when I hear them speak with great conviction. My friends state very strongly, the pros and cons of a certain candidates. I know that they’re quoting their own chosen sources and they are being subconsciously manipulated, too. If you are willing to choose your favorite TV station and absolutely believe what they’re telling you, then you’ll be able to vote your conscience based on the info you’ve been given. News people are very believable.
But what if they’re lying?!
We’ve been having frequent, intelligent conversations with the kids about the candidates and the issues. It’s a scary time in America right now. I think we all know that the media is not unbiased with their news but, it is definitely fascinating. It’s a privilege to be living through such a transitional time in history and I hope our votes will make a positive difference.
We doing our best to follow credible people in the news, on social media and in person, as I’m sure you are, too. It’s impossible to understand and know all the issues. Do your best! Be an example to others by sticking by your principles and not compromising.
The most important thing you can do is to teach your babies to Pray. Help them understand that having Wisdom is what we need to have. The only place to get real wisdom is from God, and He will give us wisdom if we ask.
Wisdom is not being really smart and being able to win Trivial Pursuit. ‘Wisdom is knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.’ We have people in our country who are whipper snapper smart but they don’t make good and wise choices. (Your conscience cannot come up to the level of Gods knowledge – Joseph Prince)
Explain to your little dears the foundations that your principles are based on. When your principles are based on The Bible, you are Golden. Help your little dears understand how important it is to ask God to help them make the right decision. Teach them to obey God. Tell them to ask Him to speak to their conscience, spirit, mind, soul, heart because then, and only then, will they vote their conscience and their conscience will be right.
We teach our babies every day by words and by example. You do too, even though you may not realize it. Even though we’re not teaching them perfectly every day, they learn from us, whether we’re talking politics or puppies.
Live by principles and this will shape and develop a conscience that you can trust. Be careful what your principles are base on. Teach Godly principles to your children.
Your principles are your code. Do you agree? Tell me what you think. Surely I’ve made you mad, or very happy, because you have someone who agrees with you.