I have been very surprised by the results of the Presidential candidates and what it has brought out in our society.
I have always expected to see a division in political races. There are similar opinions about the things that need to be done and disagreements as to how it should be accomplished. I know that when you have more than two or three people looking at a problem you are always going to have a difference of opinion, even if the objective is the same the journey will be different.
I live in Los Angeles. On the occasions that I have driven across country to my home in North Carolina I have chosen different routes for different reasons but all with the same destination in mind. It’s the same in politics………..until now.
During this election process I have heard from both sides saying things and doing things that are beyond anything I could have ever possibly imagined. Some days I am actually in shock.
I have heard from both sides “I can’t believe a Christian would vote for……….” “You can’t be a Christian if you vote for……..” Comments have been made from both sides that are so far from the truth and I am seeing fights and words being passed back and forth that is simply out of line for believers. People have had disagreements that are so vile that they have unfriended each other, families have been split and lines drawn in the sand.
The President of the United States is possibly the most powerful position in the world. It is a position that should be respected. Today things have changed. Our society has changed, the typical profile of a voter have changed. It’s a different world all together now.
So the question you have is who to vote for. The answer is quite simple. Without the help of the press and media (who are biased to the desires and needs of their advertisers) you should examine each candidate in line with God’s word.
Ask yourself some questions. Is their behavior something you are proud of? Are they saying the things you agree with? If this person was not running for president, would you be proud to call this person a friend? Are they qualified to run the office?
This is where things change in the heart of the believer.
At the end of the election process there will be a winner. This is truly when you will be able to examine yourself and see what you are made of. If you find yourself having a hard time supporting our new president with your prayers, you may need to take a look at yourself and see if you are part of the problem or part of the solution.
Every day I pray for our president. President Obama. I prayed George Bush Jr. before him, Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon. All the way back to my beginning, I have had zero problem praying for and supporting our presidents. Not because I always agreed with them but because I respect their position and their success either directly or indirectly affect me.
One of the most important parts of the equation here is that spiritual judgement is God’s problem. Not mine. I pray for many people that I don’t agree with.
The Pastor of Our church ( New Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ) recently gave us a prayer book. She asked us to write in the names of people that we wanted to pray for. This helps us remember people that need our prayers and support. At the top of the list is The President Of The United States Of America.
Do you? This is a time when you should be capable of actually demonstrating the Love of God. Can you pray and support your candidate? Most likely the answer is yes. Can you pray and support the opponent? If not, examine your heart. They will need both your prayers and support.
Lastly, don’t let that root of bitterness spring up inside if you lose and don’t let that haughty spirit get control of you if your candidate wins.
Now is the time for every believer to be careful with their spirits and be sure to keep it in line with God’s word.