Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Election 2016...What Should We Do?

So.....what should we do?  We have an election coming up where there is not a candidate worthy of our vote, not a candidate worthy of the office, not a candidate worthy to be the leader of our land, not a candidate worthy of our trust, and certainly not a candidate that inspires us to be the best we can be for the glory of God and the good of our country.

We have two major parties and a very minor party who through their vetting process have presented us with unqualified people from which to choose for our next President; but at the same time the vetting process was participated in by fellow citizens who voted on who they wanted to represent them and their interests in this election cycle.  We can certainly throw rocks at the political parties involved, but we need to save the biggest rocks for the American citizenry.

The root issue at play here is not the political parties or the political system, it is not the moral fiber or lack thereof in the candidates themselves, as the root issue is the lack of moral fiber in our citizenry; and that is reflected in the candidates that have been chosen.  It is our citizenry who condone abortion, it is our citizenry who condone sexual immorality, it is our citizenry who either have class envy or an elitist mentality, it is our citizenry of every color that are guilty of racism, it is our citizenry who despise and reject authority, it is our citizenry who are guilty of the idolatry of greed, it is our citizenry who are addicted to drugs, alcohol, and pleasure, it is our citizenry who call good evil and evil good. If the citizenry of our country did not condone all of these things, then none of them would be pervasive in our land; but, alas, they are the status quo.  Just as Paul tells Timothy that people will not put up with sound doctrine, but collect for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, so the citizenry of our country are collecting for themselves leaders in accordance with their own desires.

Is it any wonder then that we have candidates who reflect who we have become as a nation?  When we look at them...Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Gary Johnson...we are looking at ourselves as a nation.  Pretty ugly and disgusting isn't it?

So.....what should we do?  We are not voting for a party, we are not voting for Supreme Court nominees, we are voting for a person and what that person stands for...all of what that person stands for...who that person is.  When they take office they will lead in accordance with who they are, regardless of the party they are affiliated with, regardless of the platform their party supposedly stands for.  When the election is over and they are not pandering for votes, they will decide and direct in accordance with what they believe, because you cannot separate a person's behavior from what they believe...as a man thinks in his heart, so he is.

There is no such thing as the lesser of two evils, in this case three.  There is only the reality of evil and where it will lead us as a nation when it has secured its victory in the election.  We have watched it do just that over the last eight years.

Yes, we are not voting for Pastor-in-Chief, and we need to participate in the democratic process; but in considering this particular election we need to have a greater allegiance than an allegiance to a particular party or particular philosophy, we need to have a greater allegiance than to our flag and our country, we need to have an allegiance to the Supreme moral authority and support Him and what He stands for.  Patriotism does not equate with righteousness, loyalty to a political party or philosophy will not stand the test of serving the Lord and bearing spiritual fruit, but will be but wood, hay, and stubble, and burned before the judgment seat of Christ.  We will not be advancing the cause of Christ or righteousness in our vote, and let's not be mistaken about that.

So....what should we do?  My answer is.....vote, but write in a person who is worthy of our vote, a person worthy of the office, a person worthy to be our leader, a person worthy of our trust, a person who inspires us to be the best we can be for the glory of God and the good of our country.  Don't be sucked in by the fear-mongering, don't be intimidated by the guilt-trippers, don't be misled by the supposed evangelical prophets who have misplaced priorities and have sold out for a mess of pottage. Don't participate in the promotion of more and greater evil, instead have your vote count for something good.

I realize that many who read this might disagree, and maybe disagree heartily.  That's okay, such is the religion of politics.



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