America! Did you really think I was going to tell you who to vote for? No, but what I hope is that you will actually go and vote!
If we have learned anything from this election season, it’s that politics are emotional. People get angry at other people who don’t share their same political view. Some people picket candidates, and others have even threatened violence. It’s crazy how passionate people get about the issues that matter the most to them.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I have an opinion about everything – including the candidates. But I refrain from being too political because of how emotional people are when it comes to their parties. My greatest desire is to reach people with a message of hope, not in a political candidate, but in a God who can actually back up His promises.
So, I won’t tell you who to vote for, but I will give a little bit of advice. If you are like me, you have probably been quite discouraged about the two primary candidates for this election. It saddens me to think that our best options to lead this great country are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. (Whether we like it or not, we have a 2 party political system until the process gets reformed!) A couple of weeks ago, I was convinced that I was going to write my own name in for President. Haha!
But then I decided to separate my emotional feelings from my civic duty. You might not like the options, but at least we have options! Too many men and women have given their lives so that we can be part of this free electoral process. I believe we should embrace this beautiful opportunity, even if we don’t love the candidates.
Can I encourage you to do the same? Remove your emotional feelings about the candidates and simply look at their stance on serious issues. Trust me, I understand how important character is for any leader. But these are our choices, and one of them will be our next President. I also separate moral issues from social issues. Here’s why, because as a Christ-follower, I can know God’s heart through God’s Word on moral issues. I want to embrace the same values as the God I follow.
Here’s what I did. I went to a bi-partisan website (isidewith.com) that asked me how I stand on certain issues. My answers revealed the candidate that most closely aligns with my political view, and then I cast a vote for that person. Yes, I already voted. (You can vote early in Ohio.)
So rather than getting into heated debates or worse on social media, how about simply find the candidate that most closely aligns with your view and exercise your civil right to vote?! By the way, your actual vote is what matters, not what you retweet on Twitter.
Then on November 8th, when the new president is elected into office, begin to pray for that person. Don’t freak out. Just remember that the next president won’t be the next King. Jesus has that position covered, and He can’t lose in any election.