I encourage everyone who already hasn’t to go out and vote today. However, as you wait in line do so with the understanding that you are voting for mortal men, not a Savior.
Make no mistake, all U.S. presidents have had good qualities and did things that were morally good for the nation. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves, even if not all of of them at first. Lyndon B Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ended discrimination based on race; color; gender; religion; and nationality. One year later, Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, which declared that racial discrimination in voting is unlawful. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs were created to relieve the poor and unemployed from the nationwide struggle caused by the Great Depression of the 1930. The list goes on.
Of course like any other person, presidents have had their flaws and not so popular moments. Thomas Jefferson wrote a good piece for our nation, but his Declaration of Independence didn’t quite benefit “all types of people”. Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act of 1830 removed Native Americans from their land, leading many to lose their lives on the brutal journey called the Trail of Tears. Richard Nixon had individuals commit burglary in the now infamous Watergate Scandal. Again the list goes on.
Because they are mortal we can’t put our complete confidence in presidents. At first they may start out with good values, but at least one of those values can be changed by the demand of other politicians; citizens; and by being challenged by those of other nations. These appointed leaders can misuse the power given to them. Like Lucifer in Heaven, who deceived a third of the angels, so too can a president lead people down the wrong path they thought was the right one. Presidents will make promises, but some things they can’t fufill right away, or they simply said it to get your support. Also, they may have their own agendas when they say they’re doing certain things for the betterment of the country.
Well when when you put it that way, you’re thinking, why do I need to vote if I’m just going to get a president who is just as ate up as me? This is why:
- People have marched and protected and as a result gotten disrespected; assaulted; incarcerated; and killed so you could have this right. We do a service to all those who endured by castings our votes.
- If you want society to change it has to start with you lifting a finger to do something about it, which in this case is you deciding who you want to lead. If you think you can do a better job as president I encourage you to go run for the election.
- Sitting ideally by not casting a votes makes you just as responsible for an individual getting voted in or not as the person who voted.
- Sadly this all is all we got for now. All we can do is hope the chosen candidate can get things right most of the time and learn from their mistakes. That’s humans in general.
Who can we put our complete trust and confidence in? Who has always been the same and will continue to be the same? Whose values are still in tact after all this time while ours are shifting? Who is loving and merciful not just to one country but to all countries. Who’s words are genuine and not uttered just to get your vote?
“It is better to trust in the Lord than to be confidence in man”. – Psalm 118:8 NKJV
While we can’t have a Savior sitting in the Oval Office, we can ask that the one true Savior’s will be done in this election. As we ask God all the time to help us make the right choices, may we too ask Him to help the president make the right calls. Regardless of whether Trump or Biden wins this president election, or who the next president will be after both of them, are gone our above all vote should be in Christ. We are believers first and Americans second.