This election season has been among the most heated and troubled I can remember. Most of us are weary and battle-worn from the whole thing, and it is with both relief and trepidation that I look forward to tomorrow’s grand finale.
The candidates before us are of our own choosing, though it is hard to understand who among us placed them there as we hear the voices of the people rise in frustration that neither candidate represents their ideal. Voting for the lesser of two evils often seems to be a theme in politics, and I guess since we are always voting between two sinful people, you might say that this year is no different than any other. Each hopeful searches for the most damaging sins from the other’s past to throw before a public who craves new ammunition to fire at those on the other side of the fence. Occasionally, we talk about what could be accomplished in their presidency.
I am thankful that my hope does not rest in man or governments.
As a Christian, I don’t have to fear the ending of the story, but I do have to live through the plot twists that come along before the final page. Once upon a time, the ancient Israelites demanded a king. The problem with this request was not in seeking an orderly government, it was in placing too much faith in a man. Samuel spoke God’s own words to them, but they would not hear it. They shouted, “No! But there shall be a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” 1 Samuel 8: 19-20
Then something really scary happened. They got their way. “And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey their voice and make them a king.” 1 Samuel 8: 22
No man or woman can save us. No government, big or small, can save us. If tomorrow comes and our candidate does win the highest office in the land, we should not place all of our hope on a man. We would be equally wrong to crumble into a heap of despair, fearing that all is lost. Yes, this is an important election. Yes, it matters a great deal. PLEASE go exercise your right as an American to vote tomorrow, and do it prayerfully and with your eyes wide open to the vast gulf between the two candidates with regard to God’s standard. But, no matter what, let God be the one we trust to “judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”