In a week, we will have a new president, whether we like it or not.  I’m just going to say it: I don’t like my candidate or the other party’s candidate.  To say that this election season has been fraught with scandal and ugliness and has left voters untethered is an understatement.  People are saying that the electoral system has failed us, that there needs to be a new way to vote, that come next Thursday, the end will REALLY be neigh and we all should have started building our fallout shelters a year ago.
I’m really not an expert in politics. I believe what I believe and feel that others have the right to vote for the candidate that best suits them and their convictions.  Still, I’m going to try to give you some totally non-partisan advice on how to make your decision.
  • To get non-partisan information about all of the candidates, visit THIS website.  You will find links to each candidates website and a link for further information.
  • Do not engage in ugly, name calling debates on social media.  It will fluster you even more and it is behavior unsuited to Christian living.
  • Watch the debates again (if you can take it a second time).  You can find them HERE.  Focus not only on the answers of the candidates, but their demeanor and how they conduct themselves.
  • Remember these qualities of godly leadership as written in Proverbs:
    • A good leader is humble
    • A good leader is slow to anger
    • A good leader is sensible and kind
    • A good leader is a good learner
    • A good leader surrounds himself or herself with honest, trustworthy counselors … and then listens to them
    • A good leader is fair and just
    • A good leader is a peacemaker
    • A good leader is modest, not arrogant
    • A good leader seeks God’s direction
  • You could say that a case could be made for either candidate when looking over this list, but ask yourself which candidate you believe fulfills these qualities the most.
  • Pray about it.  Pray A LOT.  Ask God for a clear sign on who to vote for and do as he says, even if God is leading you away from who your party or family or friends are telling you to vote for.
  • Join other churches this Saturday, November 6 from 4-5:30 PM at the Veteran’s Memorial auditorium and pray for the election and the nation.
  • Look closely at local candidates.  Remember that local government trickles up into the Federal government and leads to national policy.
  • Remember that there is a system of checks and balances and if the president is proposing an idea that is a total screw-up, the members of the house and senate will most likely block it.  The president really does have limited power.
  • Remember that there have been REALLY BAD presidents before and the United States withstood them.
  • Most importantly, remember this one thing:

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Do not be afraid.  Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today . . . The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.  Moses said this to the Isrealites as they were fleeing from the Egyptians in Exodus 14:13-14. God delivered them.  It was a long road to deliverance, but He did as He promised.

Isaiah 14:27 tells us that the Lord almighty has purposed, and who can thwart that? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?  I’ll tell you who. NO ONE.  Not a president, not a country, not the deepest, darkest forces of evil.
You may live in the United States, but your ruler is God.  Vote with his authority, knowing that God will prevail, always and forever.