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Above All Leaders

I told myself that I was not going to write anything about this year’s presidential election, but with how divided everyone seems with the results, I felt compelled to write away.

Early on Election Day, I spoke with my father about why I’m not too crazy about election time. Make no mistake, I voted. To not vote in my opinion is missing an opportunity to voice yourself.  I just don’t like how elections and political parties most of all divide the nation. George Washington, the first U.S president, himself warned about political parties. 

“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”(George Washington’s Mount Vernon)

Dad reassured me about the pro of election time. You get to see people for who they truly are and where they stand on issues such as immigration; war; healthcare; gun control; and my least favorite, abortion. Everyone should indeed voice their opinions, but sometimes those opinions can get out of control, especially on social media. 

With the exception of sharing this piece to Facebook, I have taken my leave of that social media platform since the day after Election Day. I think I’m going to stay off for a little while longer. I’m staying off of it because I refuse to see the divide between aquaintances, friends, family, and current and former church members. It’s good that everyone has an opinion, but when that opinion turns into petty arguing on your newsfeed, sometimes you just have to log off. I call this leave a “Facebook Fast.”

Since the election results I have seen some positive posts among the bickering.  Those posts are people saying that no matter the victor of the election, that they serve God above all. To those who said those things, I thank you for taking away any uneasiness I had on my heart that night. 

When the polls were coming to a close, I spent some time on my knees praying for a victory for Clinton. However, I also told my God that regardless of whoever won that I serve Him and whatever happened that I wouldn’t lose my faith in Him. Those appointed or self appointed to lead the nations of the world have time ticking against them, but God’s Kindgom has no end. I tell you also, that He has a hand in those chosen to lead the land.

“And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings, and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to those who have understanding.” – Daniel 2:21 NKJV

Though I may fear for whatever Trump has planned, I must remember that God too has a plan. Whatever the future may hold, remember that He is in control. 


Sources:

@MountVernon. “George Washington’s Mount Vernon.” George Washington’s Mount Vernon. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2016.

No Matter Who Is President, Jesus Is King. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web.

The Holy Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments: New King James Version, Personal Size Giant Print Edition with Read-along References, Read-along Translations, Maps, and Concordance ; Words of Christ in Red. Nashville, TN: T. Nelson Bibles, 1992. Print.

By David Harris

I was born on January 31, 1992. I graduated from Austin Peay State University in December 2015 with a B.S. My major was Communications, with a concentration in Print & Web Journalism. My minor was English, with a concentration in Creative Writing. Writing is my passion. I’m a book lover. I prefer to to be called a Booklion rather than a bookworm. Why- lions are mightier.
My first love is Jesus Christ. I was raised in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. No we are not a cult. We are Christians who worship on Saturday.
I have been stuttering since I was four, but through Christ I have persevered through it and will continue to do so. I’m not thing with Him.
Singing is another passion of mine. God blessed with me with the gift of song, which I am grateful for.

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