Spiritual Guidance for the 2016 Election and Beyond
Among the two main candidates for President, many Americans are assured of their choice and quite clear of which candidate to support. Many others have no clue.
Christians especially, me being one, are being weighed down by the undertaking. A solemn duty lies ahead to help shape the direction of the country.
Advantages or drawbacks are evident with both presumptive nominees among the two major parties. For Donald J. Trump his worldly success and confident demeanor have drawn support from the Republicans. However, Evangelicals who have witnessed the “Two Corinthians” episode and never having to ask forgiveness shudder at casting their lot with Mr. Trump.
Hillary Clinton has already spent eight years at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as First Lady, voted US Senator from New York, served as Secretary of State and is in her second attempt at securing a White House bid. Nonetheless, the FBI investigation into her private server and a less than stellar handling of four Americans killed in Libya leaves much to be desired.
So there is no spotless lamb. I understand because none of us are without blemish. Nor does it mean that the Libertarian candidate should be placed on a pedestal. Please take this word of Scripture from I Peter chapter 2 as a path to consider.
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king."
These words should not be the only reference as to how a decision should be made as far as choosing an executive. What is most helpful is how believers in Christ or any rational human being should conduct themselves. Remember to do good, be a servant to others who need assistance, respecting all and displaying love are good commands to follow.
So is it Hillary or Trump? A case can be made that it doesn’t matter. Plans that originate from God will eventually succeed because of His divine power regardless of who wins an election no matter how painful or wonderful the process. If man is the inspiration then failure is inevitable.