I understand the dilemma facing many of our Catch members this November. “Who to vote for?” or should we say, “Who to vote against?” Never in the history of American politics have there been two more disliked candidates to choose from, even from one’s own party. I’ve been thinking about this, and though I am not a political expert, nor do I have the last word on the election, I do have some thoughts that may ease your pain a little bit.
First, we are not electing a dictator. This is America, and we have a proven system of government that has served us amazingly well for 240 years with relatively few changes from what its original architects conceived. Once everything is in place there is very little one person can do unilaterally in our government even as the President. Just ask Barack Obama.
Second, it’s only four years, and if it really gets bad, we can impeach him or her.
Third, you don’t have to vote for either one of the main candidates. There are third parties and write-ins. You might say that’s just throwing your vote away, but it’s not. It’s still a vote. It’s your vote, and it’s your privilege. Maybe this time you vote by principle versus what’s practical.
Fourth, it’s only the president of one nation among many we’re talking about. It’s not the kingdom of God. We are not electing somebody to run the kingdom of God. Nor are we electing someone to run a Christian nation. This is not, nor has it ever been, a Christian nation. God’s kingdom is something else entirely, and no one messes with that. God’s kingdom is running right on track; it hasn’t skipped a beat, nor is God wringing His hands over this election.
Which takes us to the final part to remember: God is in control. We read every day how this and that have affected the polls. The media presents it as the future of the world teetering on the whim of the voters. The Presidential debate turned it one way, the Vice Presidential debate turned it another. Where will it go next? What one thing is going to tip the scale? Nonsense. God sets up rulers and takes them down. He is totally in charge here. Nothing will happen outside of His will. He knows who the next President of the United States will be, and, most importantly, He knows why, because it’s all fitting into His plan.