This will most likely be my one and only blog on the upcoming election. It is not written to change anyone’s mind, but rather to calm our minds and spirits.
I love this nation and I love how God has used this nation and continues to use this nation to care for others around the world. I love our freedoms and I love our Christian heritage. I love the many cultures found in America and I love the church in this nation. I love the fact that we have been given the freedom to vote and elect candidates for office and I love that everyone can freely voice their opinion.
I do not love the disunity I see and feel in our nation today. I dislike the factions over important issues like national debt, cultural values, immigration, abortion, taxes, jobs and so many others. I have prayed for and hoped that the present administration would help bring unity and focus to this great county. I dislike how opposing views have become even more venomous and further apart. I dislike and have been discouraged by the lack of leadership displayed in our nation that has allowed this and has participated in it. The selfishness and immaturity among our leaders is astounding.
The list of why Donald Trump is unfit and his multiple sins exposed is getting longer, as the same list continues to grow with Hilary Clinton. There are so many things wrong with both candidates that many people are saying they cannot vote for either one. Still others find one candidate more evil than the other and are not voting for a candidate but rather against a candidate. Like them or not, these are the choices. It truly speaks to the division in this nation and it speaks to how truly shallow American values have become. As I heard someone say recently, there is so much di-vision because there is so little vision, so little leadership. How true. Was it John Maxwell who said that everything rises and falls on leadership?
I wish it was over and we could all go home. But it’s not over. In fact, November 8th is just the beginning. It will continue for four years, likely eight. And that is my point. We need to look down the road, beyond the election and all the faults in both candidates. We need to ask ourselves which party stands for our personal biblical values because that party will either stay the same and continue on with its agenda or that party will change and work toward its agenda.
For the godly, arguing with your neighbor or posting on-line why your candidate is better by putting the other candidate down, in my opinion, is simply operating in the same spirit that these two candidates operate. You see it in each debate, i.e., the anger, the hate, the division, the immaturity and the lack of integrity, character and leadership. Don’t fall prey to it; rise above it and pray against the spirit that is attempting to separate and divide.
So many today who claim Christ remind me of the disciples, who when they discovered that the Lord was not welcome in a certain Samaritan village asked Jesus, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” (Luke 9:54) In other words, burn those to ashes who do not welcome you or receive you. Jesus calmly rebuked them and they simply moved on to a village that would receive them.
As I consider that second Tuesday of November, I find myself required to look beyond these two candidates and instead looking to the party that best represents my beliefs and my values. Daniel did it in his day and Joseph did it in his. Jesus certainly did it best as He represented His Father’s kingdom here on earth. I suppose it is these words of Christ that help me the most when it comes to this election and its candidates, “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden. Everything they do is for show.” (Matthew 23: 1-5) Certainly seems that Jesus understood it, while giving practical advice at how to walk it out.
The sign in your yard will most likely not change anyone’s mind, but it just might inhibit your ability to share about a kingdom that is not part of this world system with your neighbors. Eventually we need to ask ourselves, do we want to be right or do we want to be in relationship? Do we only want to share our political “truth” or do we long to share THE Truth? Your neighbor’s need or fear defines your obligation of serving them; it is the love of God. No political party can save them. Remember, Jesus washed the feet of Judas who hours later betrayed Him. Do you think that Jesus assaulted Judas verbally or was especially rough on his feet during that moment?
II Chronicles 7:14 is still the best advice from God’s word for a hurting nation, “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
Father, please come and restore this land called the USA with Your love, Your heart and Your unity. Please forgive us of our disunity in direct disobedience to the prayer of Your Son recorded in John 17, “May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” Give us such a heart for this nation that we will pray for and love whichever candidate wins this election, because ultimately our trust, our hope and our life is in You and Your hands.
Please make your voice heard by voting and in the meantime represent the kingdom of God well.