Politics intrigue me. I am a lover of our freedoms as an American. The right to vote is a right I have always taken seriously. I will research and dig and analyze just to make sure that my one little, single, solitary vote is going to the candidate I feel is the best for our country and what I value. The power of one vote is so minuscule…but it is more than my vote. It is my right to vote. That is a right I should not take advantage of, but I should instead exercise it freely!
The political scene this year with the Presidential election is one like no other! No matter which side of the political party you sit on, I think we can all agree that this is one crazy election year! For good or for bad, the media has a way of telling us what to think and we lap it up like a thirsty dog needing water.
I have watched, and been engaged, on social media as the supporters of various candidates have duked it out over who was the best candidate. Personal opinions are many and these conversations must be handled carefully because there is so much passion it can easily ignite into a nasty conversation which isn’t helpful or productive.
As a Christian, I have listened as the leadership of Evangelicals have endorsed their particular candidates. I want to say that even though I understand why they would make their endorsements, I have been disappointed in many of these Christian leaders. Comments have been made from fear-mongering (our nation is doomed unless you vote for so and so) to big promises (this candidate is the only hope for the future of our country). The Evangelical leaders are endorsing, but they are on the wrong track!
Let me share with you my endorsement:
Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.
2 Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.
3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.
4 For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.
5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
10 The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.
11 The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
13 The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.
14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.
15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.
16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.
17 An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.
18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
20 Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
22 Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.
Nations have risen and nations have fallen. Of course, I want my nation to remain strong, a beacon on a hill, and land of freedom and opportunity! I will exercise my freedoms as a citizen of this great land. I will cast my one little vote and pray for my nation. However, the hope for America is not in Cruze, or Trump, or Rubio, or Kasich, or Carson, or Hillary or Sanders. The help for our nation, for all humanity and for every politician is to put our hope and trust in the Lord. It is NOT about us or them. It is all about God. The leaders in the Bible were always pointing nations back to God – not back to a king.
We must be careful that we are not pointing people to false gods.
Scripture tells us that God has ordained the powers that be, but the glory goes to God – not the person. We must encourage during these strange and troubling times that our hope is not in man. It is in God. My future is safe and secure. I am sheltered under His wings. He is my help and my shield. He has already delivered my soul from death. His eye is on His sparrow and I know He watches me! Amen and amen!
Therefore, He has my endorsement.