How to Proceed This Election Season
The Republican and Democratic National Conventions are over, but the presidential race is in full swing. Over the last two weeks, we’ve listened to the media, our friends, our family, and those on FB rant, rave, and voice their opinions on the amount of money Ann and Michelle spent on their outfits, on how well the speeches were delivered, on how each party accomplished their goals, on the décor of the stages, and so much more.
As we launch into the next two months of national debates and campaigning, let’s keep a few things in mind.
1. Know that there is no “perfect” candidate.
No one person is perfect, so no one political candidate is perfect. There is no perfect solution to America’s problems, there is no perfect budget for the financial crisis, and there is no perfect party agenda. There is no magic switch to make things all better. All we can do is seek God’s will and ask Him for wisdom and guidance when choosing the best (not the perfect) candidate for President.
2. Understand that each candidate makes promises and breaks promises.
I thought my girls’ Christmas lists were long and extensive, but the list of promises each candidate is determined to keep is just as outrageous. Know that every single candidate, as wonderful as he or she may be, will indeed break campaign promises. It happens. So much is said to just get votes, and so much is out of their control. Instead, don’t put your full trust in man—trust only in God who never breaks His promises!
3. Invest in the eternal kingdom.
You may be a die-hard Republican or a true-blue Democrat. But do you spend more time campaigning for your candidate than you do for your personal Lord and Savior? Do you spend more reading political news, blogs, and commentary than you do reading God’s Word? The “kingdoms” of the donkey and the elephant will pass away, but God’s kingdom is eternal. Invest more time, money, and effort in God’s kingdom than in anything else.
4. Be an example to non-believers.
Oh boy, can people get hateful during elections. Even Christians. (Or should I say especially Christians?) Remember that others watch you and observe how you speak to others, how you react when you or your political party is criticized, and how you treat others of opposing opinions. Is your Christian witness damaged during election season? Do you cut off other cars in traffic that have an Obama bumper sticker? Do you call Romney supporters awful names? Remember to always be salt and light to others, even during this heated political time.
5. Maintain your relationships with others.
It’s hard when others don’t have the same opinion as you do. And they push their agendas and opinions on Facebook over and over and over. But when the elections are over, you still want to be friends with them! Your family members are still going to be your family. Keep the long-term in mind and don’t lose relationships over one election.
6. Pray for the candidates.
The Bible says to pray for your enemies. The opposing party’s presidential candidate is not your enemy! (Although you may think so!) But pray for him anyway. Pray for all candidates and whoever wins the election, whether or not he was your choice. In fact, pray for all those in leadership, in government, voters, and all those around you. Continue to do so after the election. Pray continuously!
What other suggestions can you share during this election season?
“But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.” (Psalm 33:11-12, NIV)
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