Satan is the author of confusion.
He seeks to cause conflict and destruction as we see evident in this year’s Presidential election which has left America in utter chaos. Politicians are in strife, we hear evangelical leaders arguing, and we see church members divided. It’s sad to say, but I think Satan would be proud of the turmoil that has developed.
Most of us feel disgusted at our final two choices. Both of their characters are demeaning to the American culture, their values are deplorable, and their honesty is non-existent. However, I’d like for you to pause for a second and reflect on your own personal sins. Yes, you have them. Yes, they are big and ugly. And yes, they are equally weighted in the eyes of the Lord. The first thing we need to acknowledge in this pending election race is that we have two flawed candidates who are just like us — sinners. We can’t hold them to a higher standard than ourselves, otherwise we’ve turned them into a god. We must leave their final judgement up to the one true God and before we head to the polls, offer forgiveness for their transgressions and ask for God’s grace on them just like He freely gives us.
For the kingdom is the Lord’s and He rules over the nations. (Psalm 22:28)
Get out and Vote
Now, as it comes to the November 8th election, you DO NEED TO VOTE. Billy Graham stated it best, “it is the civic duty of every Christian at election time to study the issues and candidates and then go to the polls and vote. I feel that we are going to have to meet our political obligations as Christians and make our voice known if America is to be preserved with the type of Christian heritage that has given us the liberties we now enjoy.” There’s no question that November 8 won’t be an easy decision for us, but voting is a right Americans struggled to win and people in other countries are fighting for and our decision is necessary for the good and Godly future of our country.
Leaving the ballot empty is not going to send a message to Washington or confirm the legitimacy of the individual who wins, so vote for a candidate or write in a candidate if you feel strongly against the two primary choices. This presidential election will have tremendous impacts on our Supreme Court which will make decisions that will have impacts for many generations. The Supreme Courts recent trajectory has been hostile towards biblical values. We see decisions like Row v. Wade (abortion), Obergefell v. Hodges (gay marriage), and the NFIB v. Sibelius (Obamacare) as the tip of the iceberg of what could be to come. Not to mention the numerous first freedom cases that seem to be destroying small businesses who choose not to agree with abortion, same sex-marriage, or gender distinctions. If you are interested in more information on the changes with in the supreme court, than I encourage you to read the following brief articles about the Supreme Court Decision, the Risk to Religious Liberty, and the Attack against Christian values.
Vote for National Representatives
Even if you are in a state that is not a ‘swing state’, voting for state representatives can have a considerable impact on what the President can pass through congress. There are distinct differences in what each party is striving for that I encourage you to research. Check out Franklin Graham’s analysis of the different party positions on some of the vital issues facing our country.
Vote for state and local Judges and Representatives
While the Presidential race gets all the media attention, our local judges and offices are just as important. Local elections decide on the issues that can most directly affect you, including reproductive rights, public school control, and discrimination laws.
My prayer for you this election is that you seek God’s guidance for your vote. I pray that you will not be easily swayed by the worldly media who are more intent on stirring up emotions vs weighing each of the candidates and the party platforms. I pray you turn the TV and social medias feeds off and seek biblical wisdom and knowledge. I hope that you find your vote after weighing the platforms of each political party and identify which one aligns most with the foundations of Christian faith. I pray that you seek wisdom, direction, and God’s confidence on your final choice. Let’s stand united and vote in this year’s election.
For more information on this year’s election and our duty as Christians, check out Billy Graham’s Decision Magazine 2016
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. (Mark 3:24)