What is a “Moral Obligation?”
Here is what Wiki says: The term moral obligation has a number of meanings in moral philosophy, in religion, and in layman’s terms. Generally speaking, when someone says of an act that it is a “moral obligation,” they refer to a belief that the act is one prescribed by their set of values.
So I have a moral compass guiding me to tell the truth. I have a moral obligation to live out the truth. I have a moral obligation to vote truthfully.
And that brings me to my dilemma. Do I vote for the candidate that I most closely agree with, or do I vote for the candidate that I disagree with, but has a chance to win? Do I vote for a candidate with similar values, or do I vote for a candidate with different values and lifestyle, but claims to be a conservative…just like me?
Do I vote for a conservative with a proven track record, but has no chance to win an election, or do I vote for the unproven with a better chance.
I think my answer will be found as I cast a ballot in the voting booth, for which some say I have a moral obligation to do. Some would also say that if I do not cast a vote for president, or write in a candidate that has no real chance of victory, that I do not have the right to complain about the results. Here is the truth, I can complain about the results whenever I choose, wether I vote or not. I can complain about the quality of the candidate, and the ideals that a candidate holds to. I can complain…but I will not…not much anyway. I will not complain, because I believe this to be what we deserve.
Lord Jesus, come quickly.