I would like to just quote Mr. Borthwick’s post verbatim, but I will just give you the most important points for me:
As a Christian, I am challenged to keep control over my tongue (James 3) and offer speech seasoned with grace so that I know how to answer people (Colossians 4:6). I know that our national family and my Christian family deeply disagree over this election, the candidates, and the issues at hand, but I must be willing to air my views as graciously as possible, with conviction but without trash-talking the people with whom I disagree.
“What do these candidates tell me about my country? About our values? About ongoing racism? About our commitment to truthfulness? About our view on the sanctity of all human lives? About me?” I find it easier to confess before God that “I live amongst a people of unclean lips,” but I don’t like the idea of confessing that “I am a man of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6). I hate turning the mirror on myself and acknowledging that I am part and often a participant in America’s problems and sins.
my research on the person I vote for as president is important, but so is the research I do on who I vote for in the senate and the House of Representatives, all the way down to the local school committee or sheriff.
That last point is especially true in a state like South Dakota where the winner of the Presidential race is already almost certain.