The first presidential election I was old enough to vote in was the Year we elected Jimmy Carter to be our president. I do not believe I have ever seen a pending election as bitterly divisive as this one. I fear we are creating wounds that will take a long time to heal.
I think this is because many voters believe their hopes for the future of our nation are wrapped up in this election; many are saying this election is important. Well, I believe all elections are important. But my hopes for the future of our nation are not resting on the fickleness of a political outcome.
My hopes for the future of our nation rest in God and the prayers of God’s people. I believe the hope of a better future for our nation is best influenced in our prayer closets and not the ballot box.
While I believe the convictions formed in our prayer closets should be expressed in the ballot box, ultimately my faith is in my God, not an election in a country where the culture seems hell-bent on ignoring God’s guidance in the Scriptures.
But I will reject the anger expressed by many towards those who disagree with them politically, and refuse to demonize those who believe and vote differently. It is as silly as being angry with a blind man who stepped on my foot.
“All the nations are as nothing before Him, they are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless,” Isaiah 40:17. What God is expressing here through the prophet Isaiah is not that He cares nothing for the peoples of these nations, but that all human governments combined cannot ultimately thwart the purposes of God.
This is why my confidence is ultimately in God and not politicians. I flatly reject the idea that any politician can make America great again, that includes Biden or Trump. God made America great because there was a time when there was a Christian consensus in our land, when the God of the Bible was honored and we followed His directions.
In our nation today that seems to be a distant memory and we have become arrogant thinking we know better than God how we should live and govern ourselves. I believe God’s judgment is not always expressed in some cataclysmic catastrophe; sometimes it is expressed in allowing us to do as we please and then forcing us to live with the consequences.
So this November 3rd I will vote my convictions, but more importantly I will pray and trust God. I will not argue or demonize those who vote differently or disagree with my views because ultimately, “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes,” Proverbs 21:1.
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