Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
~ Psalm 20:7 ~
Let’s have an honest moment. Emotions are running very high with this presidential election. The tension has been so thick, the campaign calls and advertising so relentless, it is easy to feel that our very existence hangs on this one vote.
None of us serve individuals of only one political persuasion. Both Democrats and Republicans, as well as individuals of other political leanings, live with the challenges of special needs. And like the rest of the nation, these people are passionate about certain issues attached to their votes. There are those who feel strongly about right-to-life issues while there are others who feel strongly about government guaranteed healthcare. There are some that are adamant about the sanctity of traditional marriage while others are unshakable in their views on social justice.
Inevitably, there are going to be people you serve who are deeply, deeply disappointed or distressed once we are through this election. As an ambassador of Christ, have you thought about how you will help these objects of God’s affection once the election is past? Frayed nerves can produce anger, anxiety and exhaustion. How will you point those you serve to a brighter perspective?
The Bible passage quoted above is only one verse to use as a springboard to turn people’s vision towards our big, BIG God. When people are downcast, thinking all hope is lost because their candidate did not win an election, they need to be reminded that Yahweh is still on the throne. They need to be reminded, even if their candidate wins, that we cannot put our trust in other fallible humans. Our trust and hope needs to lay in our Savior alone. And we also need to remember that we are just passing through this world as we step heavenward.
None of this is meant to imply that citizens should not become engaged as advocates in public policy. However, once we have done our parts as humans, with our eyes fixed on the Lord, we need to trust Him with the rest. If we are responsible, effective leaders, we can never remind people enough that every circumstance in our lives is allowed for our good and God’s glory. Let’s be mindful of this as the 2012 elections come to a close.