I’ve kept silent about tomorrow’s election for as long as possible. The pressure is on to say a few words – so here goes.
If you know me well, you know I’m hard pressed to tow the party line this year. Truth be told, I’ve become so Libertarian I’m practically on the moon — which leaves me with few viable options. But hey — it’s not about me.
I’m not here to tell you who to vote for. (Such a relief, right?) The last thing we all need is anther opinion, another bit of rhetoric.
I’m not here to tell you who I’m voting for, either. I’m not sure why you’d care anyway, you free thinker, you. In fact, if you need me – or anyone else – to tell you, you might want to sit this one out.
I’m also not here to tell you who God wants you to vote for. We strive to back up the issues on both sides using scripture, but one thing is for sure — God wants your primary allegiance first. Everything else will fall into place according to His will. Someone will win this thing — and God will not be surprised.
It’s time for something different. I’m not here to share my thoughts on the election — rather to spread blessings over a divided nation about to take part in history.
- I know many who are loving life on the Hillary Hayride or the Trump Train (sorry – illiteration is just too fun). Bless you.
- I know many who feel somewhat conflicted, but called to choose sides between the two front runners. Bless you.
- I know many are simply voting to cancel out “the lesser of two evils,” because they feel they have no other option. Bless you.
- I know a handful of outliers willing to go third party or “write it in” on sheer principle, with no hope of victory albeit a moral one. #jesusforprez Bless you.
- I know some who are so paralyzed at the idea of “not having blood on their hands” that they’re choosing not to vote at all. Bless you.
- I know some who wish they had the privilege to vote but can’t – yet live as the best “citizens” they know how to be. Bless you.
- I know a select few who would even chide me as a Christian blogger for refusing to push an agenda, choose “the right side” or scold others for thinking and acting on their deepest core beliefs… Bless you, too.
I have only one piece of advice to offer as you cast your vote tomorrow morning…
Do whatever God tells you. Period.
In reverence and humility, with love and joy and peace. Whether you’re right or wrong, whether you win our lose – obedience is all that really matters.
I believe the election results are predestined. I know this opens up a theological can of worms, but that’s a post for another day. It gives me peace knowing that ultimately I am not in control – and I hope in some way, it can give you peace, too.
The political process has been long and ugly this round, but watching history unfold is an awe-inspiring privilege. To finally witness what God knew would happen all along… it’s humbling and exciting.
No matter who wins, I can’t wait to see what He’s up to in all of this.
Whether we rise or fall as a nation, God is in control – His Kingdom will come, His will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. News Flash: It’s already happening now – and you’re invited to be a part of it!
Grass, flowers and even kingdoms fade… but our God and His word remain the same.
So here are four questions to keep you grounded in the Lord this election week:
- Why worry?
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” – Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
- Why be afraid?
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
- Why be proud?
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” – James 4:10 (NIV)
“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” – Galatians 6:14 (NIV)
- And finally… why lose hope?
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13 (NIV)
If you’re feeling hopeless this election season, maybe you’ve put your hope in the wrong things.
Come mid-week, we may have an even clearer understanding of what God is saying to us. Then, and only then, can we determine what we’re going to do about it.
Grace, peace and blessings to you, my fellow Americans.
And folks, if you choose to comment below, say what’s on your heart – but keep it constructive and obscenity-free!