Here are our options.
One one side, we have a lady who has spent her entire adult life getting away with murder. I mean that figuratively. Sort of. Right behind her is the guy who thinks that the system of government that has failed everywhere else that it has been tried will somehow work splendidly in the United States.
On the other side we have a reality television star who people like because he, “Tells it like it is.” Ironically, those same people tend to get very offended when someone tells them like it is and points out that their man sounds like a dangerous hybrid of a dictator and a drunken college student. Battling neck and neck with him is the guy who promises to save us from the mess that we are in despite the fact that he has very strong ties to one of the organizations most recently responsible for the mess that we are in.
So what are we to do?
First, we should know by now that voting for whoever our party of choice nominates, even if it happens to be the devil himself, just because he would be better than what the other party has to offer is foolish. Remember, in this technique you’d still be voting for the devil.
Second, if you’re not already, now would be a good time to pray. And don’t just pray for who you should vote for. Pray for your country. The fact that our presidential options are so limited has more to say about us as a nation than it does those who are running for president.
Next, based on your research and your time in prayer, vote. Even if you don’t like the options given to you, vote. Vote for Tim Tebow. Vote for Alex P. Keaton. Vote for your dad. Voting is a good thing. Even if there aren’t a lot of good things to vote for, you should still do it.
Finally, lower your expectations. Perhaps you really do like the guy who you voted for. Great! But remember this. He’s going to let you down. No matter how much you like your new president, he’ll do something stupid. When he does, you’ll be tempted to excuse him because some other president from a different party did the exact same thing. That may be true. In fact, it probably is. But it still doesn’t let your guy off the hook.
Election years are sort of like pep rallys for below average high school football teams. There are those cheerleaders who act as if their 5 loss team is going to finally turn it around this week and win in such a dominate fashion that they’ll get invited to play in the Super Bowl. And then there are those kids who skip the pep rally and hang out in the bathroom to smoke cigarettes because the pep rally is stupid.
Don’t be either one of those.
But just remember that no matter what, the sun will still come up the day after the election. You might get taxed an extra 14% for it coming up but that’s okay. It will still come up.
Unless God doesn’t want it to.
The same one who controls the sunrise is the same one who controls the candidates. He handled Pharaoh. Nebuchadnezzar was no match for him. Herod never had a chance. In their own way, whether through plagues, dreams or worms, each man found out that there was One who ruled over him. That One still rules today. And he’ll continue to rule long after each 2016 presidential candidate is gone.
Christian, your options may seem few. Don’t let that get you down. And don’t drink the Kool-Aid given to you by smooth talkers with wealthy backers.
Just do what you think is best for your country, all the while remembering that this country is not your home and the next president is not your King.
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16-17 (ESV)