I love my country, the United States of America. We have freedoms and opportunities here that the rest of the world dreams about.
But, right now we are facing a difficult situation: Two people are vying for the most important position in our country, and, as far as I can tell, they both lack honesty, morality, civility, and … honor.
One of these people will likely become the next President of the United States of America.
As Christians and Americans, we are faced with a dilemma: Do we vote or do we not vote? Should we support the “lesser evil”? What exactly is the “lesser evil”? We are told to vote our conscience – but what does that even mean when all of the options look bleak?
Facebook feeds are filled with Christians answering these questions, then attacking other Christians who have come to a different conclusion.
I see division in Christ’s church, division between people that I both respect and love, and it breaks my heart.
Could it be that Christians are missing the point?
I wonder if during this election we have forgotten that:
1. We are not living in a “Christian” nation.
2. Our leaders are not necessarily Christian people.
3. Our hope is not in our political leaders, whether they share our Christian values or not. Our political leaders will let us down because they, just like we, are sinners.
Rather, our hope is in an always faithful, always righteous, always just God.
For the next month, I have decided to claim Psalm 34 as my go-to Bible passage. The encouragement that I have found here has been perfect for the confusion of the times and the discouragement that I have felt.
Looking Up: Excerpts from Psalm 34
“I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Regardless of what is happening in my life or in my country right now, regardless of the tumult around me or the discouragement in my heart, I will choose to bless the Lord.)
“My soul will make its boast in the LORD; The humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together.” (Regardless of our current situations, we can praise the Lord together. He is worthy!)
“I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. (I don’t need to be afraid of the future. God is with me, and He is in control.)
They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces will never be ashamed. (Oh, how much I long for a heart that is so intent on looking to God, that He is reflected on my radiant face!)
This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him And saved him out of all his troubles.
O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry. (God sees and hears us. He knows exactly what we are facing.)
The face of the LORD is against evildoers, To cut off the memory of them from the earth. (Those who do evil – God is against them. They will be brought to justice.)
The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, And saves those who are crushed in spirit. (God knows when we are discouraged, and He is near to us in a special way when our hearts are broken!)
The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.” (If we have trusted God as our Savior, He has redeemed our souls. We can take refuge in Him.)
God Is In Control
Regardless of what is happening in the political arena, there is no reason for us to be downcast and discouraged. God has got this under control.
May these verses encourage you in these last weeks before the election, and in the years beyond.
Whether we choose to vote or not to vote, and no matter who we choose to vote for, as Christians we can agree on one thing: Let’s look to God during this tumultuous time. Let’s display to the world that He is our refuge. Let’s show the world some radiant faces!