I view America’s current presidential election as the most divisive one I have seen in my adult life. Both candidates rate poorly in the area of trustworthiness. Having been a Senator and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s misdeeds and controversial acts precede her. As for Donald Trump, his loose tongue, the ambiguity with which he speaks, and his constant flip-flopping make it virtually impossible to know what he really stands for.
But one of these two candidates will become the next President of the United States. That reality has serious implications. The successful candidate will be the leader of the free world. He or she will make decisions that will have significant bearing on our lives and on much of the world.
Yes, I know that no perfect candidate exists. Never has; never will. But this current presidential election campaign is substantially uglier than those before it. With two more debates to go and only about a month until the election, the ugliest may be yet to come.
By and large, the serious issues before us have not been front and center. This campaign has been primarily characterized by mud-slinging and insults. The Donald has even threatened to bring up Bill Clinton’s past infidelity during the next debate. But after all has been said and done in this presidential election campaign, the serious business of being the President and Commander-in-Chief will begin.
For those of you who are like me, you find yourself less than thrilled by either presidential candidate. The polling data I have seen suggest that many of you fall into that category. But let me leave you with a couple of points to bear in mind:
God can, and sometimes will, use national leaders who don’t have a heart after His own in ways we can’t imagine. In the Old Testament, for instance, He refers to Cyrus the Persian king and Nebuchadnezzar the Babylonian king as His servants. He referred to Cyrus as “my shepherd” (Isaiah 44:27), and “his anointed” (Isaiah 45:1). It was this Gentile king who issued the decree allowing the Jews to return to Jerusalem from captivity and to rebuild the city. Concerning King Nebuchadnezzar, God said, “I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant….” (Jeremiah 27:6).
God is ultimately in control. Though many things may seem out-of-control in our world, God is still in control. That’s the good news. No matter who becomes the next President of the United States, that person will be way over his or her head in dealing with the challenges at hand. God is America’s only hope. So how do we make our way through this presidential election campaign? Let us continue to pray for our nation, let’s vote according to our personal convictions, and let’s live each day serving and trusting in God.
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