Less than a week, and all this nonsense will be over! It is my prayer that this election will be one that we can get through, put in the rear view mirror, and forget about. I have been observing presidential elections since John Kennedy and Richard Nixon, opposed each other in 1960, and I have never seen anything like this.
Our country is an angry country! It is seems as if every demographic group is angry about something — policies, or at another group (because they are angry about a policy), or the platforms of the parties, or the list could go on and on! Just start scrolling down a day on Facebook, and see the venom that is spewed, the stories that are shared (that you know that there is no way that they can be true), and the friends that argue continuously about what they think. What is really amazing is that the candidates, and the media, seem intent on fanning the flames of that anger. I am very afraid that our real problems will begin after the election.
There was a line from Psalms this morning, that made me think about what is going on in our country. Listen, to what it says:
“Why are the nations so angry?
Why do they waste their time with futile plans?”
(Psalm 2:1, NLT)
We expend so much energy on so many things! There are “issues” that are incendiary with almost everyone. I believe that as God’s people we ought to be concerned about those who can’t defend themselves, and those are not always just the unborn. A godly world view is not just determined by stands on abortion, same-sex marriage, and gun-control (and that is not saying, that those are not very important).
This old, country preacher does not have all the answers; in fact, I’m sure that many (after reading this) will say that I don’t have any. BUT, there is another verse later in Psalm 2 that speaks loudly to me.
“Now then, you kings, act wisely!
Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
Serve the Lord with reverent fear,
and rejoice with trembling.”
(Psalm 2:10-11, NLT)
I’m sure that it will never happen again in my lifetime, but I would love to have a president that affirmed his faith, and made no secret about taking the difficult decisions to God in prayer. I don’t believe that America ever has been a “Christian” nation, or ever will be; but I believe that it could have a wise “Christian” leader.
That, I am sure, is a dream. But, regardless of what happens, I will continue to love my God, and to love my neighbor; and, I will pray for whoever leads this country — Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump, and the decisions they make (whether they do or not).