This election year is, in a word, interesting. In another word it is crazy! When it comes to the office of POTUS (President of the United States), I will not tell you who I am voting for, neither would I tell you for whom you should cast your vote. Suffice it to say I’m not a member of either candidate’s fan club. Even the polls indicate the country is divided and not very high on either one of them. Who can you trust?
As someone who has worked with my church’s ERLC (Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission) group, I often get asked “Who are we endorsing?” or “What do we support?” What I would want you to know is, if those are the questions we receive, then the church needs to do a better job of equipping the saints. It should be a no brainer. We endorse Christ, and we support righteousness. We should easily be able to compare candidates and issues against a scriptural worldview and prayerfully discern how to cast a vote.
It is confusing today, as we are bombarded with so many messages and images from the world. They come from everywhere and every direction. The TV, embedded in movies, radio, social media, pop up ads, and coffee shop conversations are all tugging at you to be part of their message. I am asked all the time “Which way do you lean? What do you think the real truth is? Which side of the life issue do you fall on?” That gives me pause. I am convicted. I must not be living a testimony that is strong enough if people have to ask me those questions?
In a day when there seems to be no real champion of the people, perhaps we can point them to a Savior Who is the Champion of love, Who is not self-serving. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” (John 14:6) When we stop as the proverb says “leaning on our own understanding,” and trust in the Lord with all our hearts and when we acknowledge Him, then He will make our paths straight and the trail we must blaze will be obvious and very easy to see.
We need to stop hanging on every word that comes from O’Reilly and make sure we can hear the Almighty. Especially in a day when as Paul told Timothy “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Tim. 4:3-4).
“The conclusion, when all has been heard, is fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgement which is hidden, whether it is good or evil” (Eccl. 12:13-14).
I cast my ballot for Christ.