Jack McDade

I voted

Published Nov 3, 2020

Jan 12, 2021 — These articles did not age well. Not only would I go back and undo my vote if I could, I would have put a lot more effort to better educate myself before the election. I had too many mute filters, avoided the news too much, and operated from a naive, early 2000's perspective of our political climate.

I no longer wish to be affiliated with the Republican party as it exists today and have re-registered as Independent. We all saw the disaster that it has become and I want nothing to do with it.

I want to be a people person, not a politics person. I'm on the web to help others, create things of value, and provide for my family. But my political stand caused pain to others, and I'll never be able to forget that. The conversations I've had with many folks from across the political spectrum since then have changed me to my core. I don't plan to make big political stands in the future, but I do know that I want my politics to reflect my love for people, and I'm working in that direction. As I do, I hope you can forgive me for any hurt I may have caused you, and maybe we can find new ways to make this world a better place again, together.

I initially wrote a follow-up to this article a few days after and understand the importance of keeping these words here as a reference for others to learn from and to not hide from my actions. Just know that they longer represent me.

I am a Christian. The kind that studies the Bible and believes it is the truth. To not act on my beliefs is to question whether I even believe them. And so here I am.

I’ve long chosen to stay silent on social media, to hold my beliefs quietly, and to keep my head in the sand. I’ve been afraid that if I say what I believe that I will be “canceled”, no longer be able to support my family.

But the Lord is my provider, and he will supply all my needs. I will stay quiet no longer. Before you cancel me, I only ask that you read what I have to say.

Here’s what I believe. The reason I am here is to make friends, tell the truth, and love the Lord. To love my neighbor as myself. To put others first, and to take care of the poor, the orphan, and the widow – whoever they may be or look like today.

I believe that every life matters, especially those that cannot defend themselves. The poor, the oppressed, and the unborn.

I believe that prosperity is the result (but not the goal) of hard work and self-discipline, and that those with it have a responsibility to take care of those who don’t. Small businesses – not government programs – are the backbone of the economy.

I believe the western church has lost its way. We’re not here to build fancy buildings, play loud music in a dark room, and sit shoulder to shoulder an hour a week. We’re here to live in community, share the gospel, and to love others in such a radical fashion that everyone will know we’re Christians. We are to model the life of Jesus. The only people he was ever angry at were the hypocrites in the church, and so we need to treat others with love and respect, not anger and hate.

I believe men have a critically important role in the home, and should be more than just physically present. We need to be mentally and spiritually present as well. We need to be discipling our children, not abdicating our responsibilities through distraction or exhaustion.

I believe I needed to vote for the party whose platform and policies most align with my beliefs and values. If this were a personality contest, I would vote for Joe Biden. He seems like a nice guy to have a beer and watch a football game with. But it isn’t a personality contest, and while Trump annoys me with his unpolished words and brash exterior, the Democratic platform of 2020 terrifies me. I see cleverly disguised opposition to Biblical values everywhere.

I look at the Democratic party of today and see one that says one thing and does the other. I see a party that says it cares about the lives of minorities and the vulnerable, but fights for the right to kill the unborn children of those very groups. I see a party that says it wants to maintain a separation of church and state but vows to fill positions of power with all faiths except mine.

This year I voted not for Donald Trump, but the Republican platform. I voted this way because – while flawed and completely imperfect – I see my values reflected in the policy platform. I see a focus on family, life, liberty, and religious & economic freedom.

You are free to disagree with me and my choices, and I will fight for your right to do so publicly and without fear because that is what liberty looks like. But before you vote, if you haven’t yet, please consider the implications of your faith – this isn’t a personality contest and the under the surface because this is a battle for something much greater than the likability of one man.

If you feel you must cancel me for my beliefs and right to exercise them, then I suppose I should welcome it because to not act on my convictions has implications that will last longer than my time here on this earth.

Know that I say these things with love, without malice, and without hate. I want only the best for each and every person in this nation. I deeply want peace, to sit with men and women of all faiths and creeds without fear and have meaningful conversations and to join together and help those in need.

I want everyone to know the saving love of Jesus. I want everyone to see the world through the awesome and magnificent lens of a creator God who cares about you so much that he himself would die in your place for you so you can know and enjoy his glory and creation forever.

This world is an incredible place. It’s an unfathomably intricate creation all the way down to the last immeasurably small detail. You matter. He loves you, as do I.

Update: I tweeted this article and while I expected some negative replies, I had hoped they would be of the "Agree to disagree, but that's what freedom is. See you at the polls." I was pretty wrong.

Once you say who you voted for, there's no putting the cat back in the bag. I don't want to remove the original article either, as that would probably make things worse and prevent people from learning from my mystakes, but I'll try to clarify just a few things that seem to be the most heated.

The kids in cages: I don't know the full story there, nor who to believe. On one hand I hear that the parents of the kids dropped them off hoping the system would take them and give them better lives, and the other side says the Republicans ripped them out of their arms. I have no idea which is true.

Separation of chuch and state: When I said "I see a party that says it wants to maintain a separation of church" here's what I was referring to. That particular line was written by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to a church asking for clarification on the first ammendment. The aforementioned separation was to keep government overreach out of the church, not the other way around. All that to say is I simply would like to see more Christians in politics helping be part of the conversation and solution. There are many ways to help others, some with programs, some with ideas, some with values. As a Christian (and I can confirm this today) that it feels like liberals single us out as the one thing that cannot be tolerated. As as a consiverative whose beliefs do NOT line up 100% (probably not even 30%) with the Republican party, I don't have that same experience the other way. So I voted conservative.

One last thing: I wish there was a third party that had a better solution. I really feel for a lot of focus the Dems have (namely a much better grasp of social justice and equality). I just can't help but wish for a better choice – I really don't love a lot of the ways right handle things, especially their words. If I could cherrypick and assemble a new party, I would do it. I bet we all might.

Say what you need to say. I'm listening.