If you’re anything like me, you’re already tired of the 2016 presidential campaign. No matter what you read, watch, or listen to, some candidate is pushing their qualifications and agenda. Or worse, they are trying to tear down the other candidates. Even those of their own party. So who on earth should I vote for?
…Keep a sharp eye out for competent men—men who fear God, men of integrity, men who are incorruptible—and appoint them as leaders…(Exodus 18:21)
How we choose
America is one of the few countries to select candidates through popular vote. They might do it through a caucus, primary, or convention. It does get a little confusing though, as primaries may be closed, semi-closed, open, semi-open, blanket, or non-partisan blanket. And when we actually get to vote for the final presidential candidates, the Electoral College can actually vote differently than the popular vote. Talk about confusing! But who one earth should I vote for?
Can you tell that I used to teach Civics? The bottom line is that you and I will have the responsibility to get our and vote for one of the final two presidential candidates. It doesn’t matter if you agree with everything they say or stand for. Or if you feel there’s really no “good” choice. If you want a voice in the final result, you must vote. So who on earth should I vote for? And, once I decide, then what?
The Bible is quite clear. 1Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.…(Romans 13:1-2) It doesn’t say that all rulers will be infallible, have Biblical moral compass, or even be likable.
Who on earth should I vote for?
I have to admit that this year, I’m having a hard time with all of the potential candidates. Politically, I not only don’t agree with most of them, I am truly frightened by how they might rule as President. But then I remember that God always has everything under His control. 21“It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; (Daniel 2:21) Then my fear begins to go away. I not only will vote for whoever seems to be the best choice, but I will also follow one further Biblical command. 1First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. (I Timothy 2:1-2)
God has it under control.
No matter how “bad” they may seem, God has placed them in that position and will turn their actions and plans to good because I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, 10Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’; (Isaiah 46:9-10)