Let me start off this post by saying that this year I have made a point of trying to stay out of the political arguing and banter going on out there. I have made it a personal goal to not get into any political arguments or take off on any social media rants like so many are fond of. I might slip a time or two, but for the most part I am trying to stay out of it for my own sanity as well as the heath of relationships. We all have opinions and those opinions are not always held by those we call friends.
That being said, I want to make a couple of comments here and address what I feel to be a big issue in these times in which we live. You may not agree with me, and that is your right. I just hope that we can all take a moment and think about things like adults. I admit to being a little handicapped in that area, but I promise to do my best.
I read an article the other day asking Christians to avoid voting in this election because there are no candidates that would be a good choice in God’s eyes. While I do agree that the moral integrity of the candidates that are basking in the media spotlights right now is somewhat suspect, I don’t think that is a good reason for us to abstain from voting. We need not be fearful of making a “wrong” or “flawed” choice. We are all human, and flawed humans picking a leader from a pool of flawed humans will always succeed in selecting a flawed human as their leader. Face the facts.
I have often walked into the voting booth picking “the lesser evil” with my vote. Not exactly an inspiring thought when putting someone in a position of authority like that, but it really is about all I can do. When I go into the booth I am doing my part to make a good selection, but the system does not always allow for us to have a “best choice”. We do what we can with what we are given. Frankly, I am not going to get that worked up about it. I will continue to vote and be a good citizen, but I often feel that my part in the process does not matter in the grand scheme of things.
My family has been talking extensively about the candidates still available to us for next week’s primary, and we are discouraged. There are no candidates that match our values. We see the frontrunners as untrustworthy and dangerous to not only the dignity and safety of our country, but also to our way of life and the freedoms we enjoy. It is disheartening to sit and look at the choices available and not only feel a sense of malaise, but an actual fear. What does all of this mean for the USA and for us?
Allowed to run unchecked, these fears can bring us into a near panic over our situation. What will happen to us? Isn’t there anyone that can save us in this troubled time? What is happening with our country, and why can’t the majority truly see the truth of who these candidates are? There must be better choices than those we are allowed to actually vote on. What am I supposed to do as a believer? Where does my sense of responsibility begin and end?
Basically, I have decided I can do four things:
Pray – The Bible tells me that it I should worry about nothing and pray about everything. The thing to remember is that I need to be praying for the right things. God’s will to be done is the first and foremost thing to remember. He will allow the person to be elected. That is not mine to decide. My part in this is to ask God to show me how to rightly respond to how that person will eventually lead this country. I might not agree with what they say, but I can still respond appropriately. I need to pray in preparation for whatever God decides to bring into my life.
Learn – We are told to be wise. That means that we are supposed to learn about the candidates. We shouldn’t just listen to the media sound bytes and read the stuff on social media. What are the real facts about the candidates? Take some time and dig in to see what is actually there. A Christian should never vote based on what they saw on Twitter. C’mon, everyone. We need to be smarter than that.
Vote – We have a duty as citizens of our country to vote. God is OK with it. I promise! Christ showed us the importance of paying our taxes and the apostles wrote of the duty we have to be subject to the authority that God has placed over us. Why would God tell us to pay taxes and be subject to our rulers set over us if He did not also want us to be involved in the process? It might not be a command, “Thou shalt vote/not vote for the _____________party”, but there is definitely an understanding that we have a governmental system that God intends us to work with.
Pray Some More – After the election it will be time to pray some more! The person in office will need to be lifted up in prayer. The leader of the USA is probably under more pressure than any other leader in the world. Like the old saying, “Heavy hangs the head that wears the crown.”, we need to be praying for wisdom, protection, and guidance for our President as they will be under a heavy burden while in office.
At the end of the day, all the talk, arguing, and shouting about politics pretty much just leads to a ton of anxiety and anger. I’ve decided that I don’t need that. I would rather FOCUS on living a Relentless life. The political environment breeds fear, and emotional turmoil. I choose to try to live in the peace that God brings to the situations around me. Peace like God tells us about in Isaiah:
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
The election is coming and there will be a President. God already knows who that will be. He will not be surprised, and He will still be on the throne of the universe. I’m going to rest in that. It gives me peace no matter what happens in the arena of politics.
Pray. Do your homework. Vote. Pray some more. In all of it, TRUST GOD!