Monday, November 7, 2016


With the upcoming election drawing nearer the tension builds. Many say neither candidate is worthy to vote for. Some early voters I have spoken with have written in a name of someone who was running for president and are no longer running. Others have left it blank. Some others have written in their own name or a bogus name. There is a saying: "a pessimist complains about the wind, an optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." I'm a realist. So I'm going to be real here. None of the above mentioned are running for office on this ballot.

When the Franklin Graham tour came to Vermont I went to see him. He said, (and I am paraphrasing) "if you can't vote for either candidate based on what you know about them then look at their party and the things they represent. Look at the things they allow and don't allow. 

Many people have also expressed their frustration with being saturated with this election business, to the point of refusing to hear or read any more of the latest news that has been released on either candidate.  I find this very dangerous.  Just as dangerous as those who got tired of hearing Hitler rant and rave on the radio.  We must keep ourselves informed and never turn a blind eye.

I have spoken with some christians who have said, "I don't get involved in this political stuff." As a christian myself, I have a difficult time with that statement. I think that idea may be coming from the "I am not of this world" scripture. And it's true, we are not. But we are called to be the feet and hands of Christ. And Christ got involved.  Esther (in the bible) got involved. 

In Jesus' time on earth, was he involved in politics? The answer is YES. He most certainly was. Jesus was always confronting the Sanhedrin. (a council of seventy-one Jewish men who constituted the supreme court and legislative body of Ancient Israel). Who exactly was the Sanhedrin? The scribes. (lawyers) The Pharisees and Sadducees.  
 In Ephesians 6 we are instructed that: "after having done all, stand." Not only do I believe it is our patriotic duty to vote, I believe it is our christian duty as well. 

I've read many commentaries, watched many campaign ads, and prayed. Prayed and prayed, and prayed. Prayed for direction, prayed for our country, prayed for our world. Prayed for myself in all of this, prayed for my children. Prayed for my grandchildren.

Through it all the Lord has given me peace. He has reminded me of Daniel 2:21: "He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings."

Despite what happens and who becomes the next president of the United States, I have to believe that God has allowed it to fulfill his plan and purpose. Pilate said to Jesus, "don't you know I have the authority, the power, to either free you or crucify you?" Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above." We see that God set Pilate in office and gave him the power. In our eyes we say, "no. He wouldn't." But clearly he did, in order to fulfill his plan and purpose. Be assured, God will set up the next U.S. president. Whoever it is, they will not be reigning by accident. He has it all in His hands.