“Now the presidential historians are saying this is the most despicable presidential election in US history,” writes a good friend and respected colleague today. I agree. Despicable. That word pretty well sums it up. I don’t ever remember a time when the general public doesn’t really want to vote for either candidate. I wonder what would happen if everyone just said, “We need another choice. These clowns have destroyed their chances of promoting trust in future decisions. How can we indeed trust them when morality and respect is so low?”
I have heard it put somewhat tactfully, “Both candidates have flaws. Look at their platforms to make a decision.”
My reply, “There are so many lies and misrepresentations, how can we trust their platforms?” Some statements have even bordered on the ridiculous. Really, Trump, you say we will build a wall between Texas and Mexico, and make Mexico pay for it?”
I got in on a discussion the other day on God’s perfect will versus His permissive will. An issue was would God override our human will to get His will done? I agree He will have the ultimate say in what happens, but He also lets us suffer the consequences of our choices. As this relates to politics, my question is will God direct the winning candidate into wise decisions, and if they refuse, will He override them? Must we all suffer the consequences of their actions in a worse-case scenario?
1 Samuel 25:2 tells the story of Abigail. “His name was Nabal and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband was surly and mean in his dealings—he was a Calebite.” The story goes on to tell how David was a good protector of Nabal’s property, but Nabal was disrespectful and angered David to the point of riding forward to wipe out his family and estate. Abigail wisely intersected David and brought gifts to appease him. It worked, and Abigail became David’s wife after the death of Nabal.
My point? If the salt of this nation (God’s people) prays for guidance, hope, peace and intercession for our national well-being, can we look for the Abigail’s who will keep us out of trouble?
Whichever candidate I vote for, my real vote is for God to direct whoever wins. My hope is for the one who will listen to Him. If they won’t, my prayer is for people who will intercede.