Now, this is a busy time for politics. Naturally, when politics are busy, people are usually busy talking about politics. I know, I know… You’re tired of it. And to tell you the truth, I’m kind of tired of it myself. I’m tired of having pointless conversations with people who assume their way is better than others. I’m tired from the social media comments and the slandering between the nominees. I’m tired of looking at the potential ballot, and thinking to myself, “Is this really all we have left?” It’s July, and I’m already exhausted with this election.
Now before you check out because this seems like just another political post where you are going to be force fed my opinions, let me tell you that that is far from the truth. I’m not pushing for any candidate here. In fact, I don’t like any of them. But let’s forget our differences for the next couple of minutes and come together as people who share the Christian perspective, and look at what November has in store for us and our future.
I think that we, as the American community, have come to a very interesting point in our story. Think about it for a second- I cannot recall a time in our history where the Democratic and the Republican nominees have pushed so many liberal and conservative voters away from their respective parties. Please inform me if this is not the first time something of this magnitude has ever happened before. When we sit down with our grandkids in the years to come, we can tell them about the election we witnessed. The election that is setting up to be up in the ranks with the Election of 1860 (Lincoln elected through the newly formed Republican Party, campaigning the anti-slavery platform and leading to the secession of eleven states), the Election of 1932 (FDR elected after a huge shift in political parties), the Election of 1912 (Woodrow Wilson, elected leading into WW1 after Teddy Roosevelt broke from the Republican party and formed a third party), and the Election of 2000 (Bush elected after the infamous Florida manual recount).
In just a few short months, I believe we will witness history. Over the past year, we thought some candidates were joking about running for president. Then, a couple months went by and they were still there. Another couple of months, same story. Then, other candidates were dropping out of the race. All leading up to the publication of this post, when we have two people who have a shot at the White House who we previously thought couldn’t make it in through a security clearing for a simple tour.
So what does this mean for us?
I’m not a politician nor do I pretend to be one. The truth is, the implications are going to be different depending on who gets elected. Neither of them are going to be ideal, and we’re bound to see some changes and shifts in the direction our country is headed. That comes with the majority of elections though, so that’s not where the bulk of my concern lies. What I am interested to see, is how this election affects American politics. I hope it shakes things up a bit. I know many, many conservatives that will be voting third party in November because they believe the Republican Party has moved away from the values and beliefs the have previously stood firm in. And I know many of my liberal friends that will be voting third party because they do not agree with their party’s decision of the Democratic nominee. Do I think someone in any of the other smaller parties have a chance to win this election? No, I’m not that naive. But with this many people voting outside of the two major parties, it sure has the potential to change the landscape of the broken system moving forward.
So what now?
Whether you are planning on moving to Canada after the elections or if you think everything is going to settle down and be somewhat normal, there’s a few things we have to recognize.
Whoever gets elected into office, was put in that position of authority by God. Meaning, God raised that person up and put him or her into that spot of authority for God’s specific purpose. Now I don’t know what that purpose is, it could be to bring justice or it could be to bring judgement. Either way, God’s plan will not be thwarted this November. (Romans 13:1, John 19:11, Daniel 4:17, etc.)
We must pray for God’s mercy on our nation and our communities. Pray that He might put people in governing positions around our country who fight for biblical truth such as the sanctity of human life in the womb. (1 Timothy 2:1-6)
Things are changing whether you like it or not. Buckle in for the ride and expect some turbulence.
Don’t fight with other people on trivial things. I know it’s easy to want to prove how you’re right on everything or correct every statement you disagree with, but invest your time on discussions that matter, or maybe even learning more to broaden your very, very limited view. Pursue tangible conversations with the person(s) actually in person, and you’d be surprised how much easier it is to communicate.
AND NOMATTER WHAT, REMEMBER....