The political fervor is in full swing across the United States… and whether you’re voting Hillary or Trump or Johnson or McMullin or #GiantMeteor2016, you’ve heard a million reasons why your vote is wrong and how your candidate is going to destroy America. My Facebook feed is full of things like ‘She’s going to destroy freedom of religion!’ ‘He’s going to destroy freedom of speech!’ ‘We won’t even recognize this country in 4 years!’ And my personal favorite, ‘BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SUPREME COURT!?!’
As a third-party voter, I catch heck from both sides. My Clinton-supporting friends tell me I’m basically voting for Trump. My Trump-loving friends accuse me of basically voting for Clinton. Really, I’m just voting for Evan McMullin because I actually like him and agree with his ideas.
Hey! Third-party voting is great because you’re basically just voting for everybody! Who knew?!
Seriously, though, I’m tired of being schooled in ALL THE APOCALYPTIC, EVIL THINGS that will happen to ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE the exact moment Trump/Clinton is elected.
I’m even more tired of seeing my kind, good-hearted friends whipped into a frenzy because of far-fetched fearmongering and dramatic daily scandals. Too many smart, rational people are buying into the hype that the world will literally change on election night as though we’re not electing a President but a Supreme Ruler of the Universe. These good people are caught up in a whirlwind of terror and voting accordingly.
And the storm is raging so hard that they can’t hear their Master’s voice whispering, “Peace, be still.”
And they forget that the role of Supreme Ruler of the Universe is already filled by One who is mightier than all.
And they lose sight of His glorious promises and the revelations of scripture.
Because they can’t hear His still, small whispers over the clamoring cacophony of the candidates in this election.
Because it’s easier to scroll through Facebook than turn the pages of scripture.
Because the voices of fear and anger in our world are incredibly hard to ignore.
My friends, I frankly don’t care who you’re voting for. In the big picture, it really doesn’t matter all that much who wins on election day. It’s only an election. Whether it’s Trump or Clinton or, by some miracle, someone else entirely the only thing we’re deciding is who will be president for four years. One leader. One term. That’s all. In the big, eternal scheme of things… that’s pretty small.
God, our Father and Creator, will be as in control on November 9 and 10 as He is today and as He was in the beginning. He sees the end and the beginning. He knows us and He has numbered our days. Scripture reveals to us that will have persecution and trouble in this life but that we will never, ever be left alone.
Don’t lose perspective, my friends.
Don’t lose faith.
Don’t forget the things that really matter.
Don’t forget what He has said:
“Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.” -Matthew 10:26
“Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” -Matthew 10:31
“We may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” -Hebrews 13:6
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” -Luke 12:32
No matter who wins the election, hard times are ahead for the world and, especially, for those that believe in Christ. Scripture promises this. So why should we let fear dictate who we vote for? As believers, shouldn’t we do better?
Remember who is in charge here. Remember that He is greater than any candidate. Be brave and bold and vote your conscience. Don’t let fear coax you into voting for someone just because you’re afraid of someone else. And most of all, don’t succumb to the terror that seems to be consuming so many.
Vote for the best and let God worry about the rest – no matter who wins this election.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”