I watched the Presidential debate on Wednesday. All three hours of it. I was glued to the TV.
If you had been a fly on the wall, you would have seen me shouting, even yelling at the TV at times, laughing, giving air high fives to the candidates I like (yes, at this time, there are two people I really like for president) and discussing the different views of the candidates with Beth.
For me, it was an enjoyable three hours because I like things like this. I believe it’s important for us to know the views and thoughts of those for whom we will vote. The next president will have a lot on his/her plate to clean up and restore America to the position where we once were. It’s very important to pick the right person.
But how can we, as Christians, know which candidate is the one who can and will do the job correctly and lead America to the place of being great again? We hear one candidate say this about something and then another say something different about the same thing.
Certainly there are numerous points of view on each subject, and sometimes, even though we had been decided about an issue, when we hear another viewpoint, it might cause us to re-think our view.
It’s a very difficult decision because there are a lot of things of real value and to find the one candidate that we can check off all the boxes on is sometimes not possible. I can agree with two candidates on most everything they say, but on one hand, the one candidate doesn’t promote this view and the other candidate does, and yet the second candidate doesn’t promote this view which is important to me and the other one does.
Why can’t we have one person where we can just check off all the boxes and be done with it?
This coming election is so crucial I would recommend some things we can do to be as sure as we can before we step into the voting booth and cast our ballot.
First of all, and most importantly of everything we can do, is pray. When I am asked how to know the will of God in a person’s life, I pray about it. If we are not talking to God, how can we possibly know His will?
Secondly, know what each candidate believes. Look at their track record. Check out how they have voted previously. See where they stand on issues that are of importance to you. Know what your candidate believes.
And then thirdly, vote your convictions. What do you believe? According to God’s Word, is the candidate you want to vote for in line with, or contrary to the Word of God? God will give us what we ask for. He gave Israel a King on several occasions that wasn’t necessarily His choice but because the people were stiff-necked and thought they knew more than He did, He gave them what they asked for.
If we, as Christians, pray about our next president, know what they believe and then vote our convictions according to the Word of God, we will probably get it “right.”
On the other hand, we need to understand this: whether a Democrat is president or whether a Republican is president, God is on His throne and He is in complete control. Thank God for that.
And that is Something To Think About for this week.
God loves you. In spite of everything you have ever done in your life — God loves you. If you are searching for God in your life, He can be found. I invite you to check out the church of your choice this weekend and start a relationship with the God of all Creation.
Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.