As we’re nearing the end of this political season, it has been surprising to witness the passion, idiocy, scariness and naivete not of the candidates running for the presidency but the people who will have to make the choice! I’m reminded of a few text of Scripture:
“And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.” 1 Sam 8:5-7 (KJV)
I have commented repeatedly even as late as last night just before going to bed, “I tend to keep religion out of my politics” and for good reason. Just ask Christ how that worked out for Him the last time He was here! Whenever religion and civil law join hands they form a “catholicity” which does no one any benefit, and the outcome of the election 2016 will give more evidence of such.
As a religious body, Seventh Day Adventists, who have the best counsel regarding the electing of men, and women, like ourselves—this should have been the key, we fail to adhere to it. She, and you know who I am referring, counseled AGAINST participating in the elective process, but knowing the “hardness of your heart” also stated in finality, “Keep it to yourself”. How many have failed in doing so? Be honest. I know of one who chose the path of least resistance to not be public about “his” choice, but continued to post anyway. I’m the second one I know.
So, because for many, since they failed at getting “Women’s Ordination” passed, a whole division has decided to disregard the elective process and are now pushing for “their” king in the form of a queen, letting their gender step ahead of common-sense in both arenas, government and the church. Then you have those who let their race become paramount in their choice but fail to see both candidates are neither the preferred race, so they vote along party lines. In fact, I have continually stated, too, Barak Obama was NOT the first “Black” president. He was the first “mulatto” president, otherwise you reject his “white” mother. In fact, he can be touted and quite accurately, is the first “African American” president put into office mostly by the “black American” voters. Don’t get it twisted where you’re from! He KNEW his father was from the African continent, but then again, so were your white brothers and sisters. So, what’s the point? Race should never enter into the equation.
How many friendships if not permanently damaged because of name-calling, ideology and other reasons will resume as before the day after the election? Because of my choice for president I’ve been the witness of some of those names from people I would have hardly suspect, so the counsel to “keep it to yourself” has been broken from both sides. I’ll accept my involvement, will you? Even one friend commented he will “write-in” his own candidate! To coin the phrase of the cartoon character, “Elmer Fudd”, “Silly wabbit, you might as well not have voted at all! At least make it count.”
Why my choice for president doesn’t side with yours?
Now, in order for me to answer this I have to allow “religion” to enter “my” politics but from a perspective differing from what you might have expected. It is for this reason mainly but not only: I would prefer a businessman rather than a career politician. Oh, it could have been a business-woman, but the one who ran was not chosen after the first round. Secondly, I prefer to have a person, gender silent, who speaks their mind versus someone who attempts to speak the mind of others to gain votes. I prefer to select someone who really doesn’t care for me than to choose someone who pretends they do. At least I know where I stand instead of drinking the Kool-Aid the other attempts to serve me. And the mere fact the media has been against this particular candidate means they’re showing fear against fact, and I tend to go opposite what media reports when it comes to such matters. Heck, even when the weather-reporter, gender silent, tells me it is raining, I still have a tendency to look out the window to see if they’re right.
Like the meme I’ve chosen for this post, “God’s way is still the best way”. Looking at it from the “Big Picture” and many of us have failed to do so, while Israel wanted a king so they could look like the other nations by having someone to go before them, to fight their battles and benefit themselves, they failed to recognized they had the best leading them all along. Those who step inside the voting booths will be guilty of doing the same. So, in this case, DO VOTE, but do so not for the reasons which may seem apparent, but vote for the man or woman who will not better the nation because it cannot ever become “better” or even “great” again! Vote for the one who will bring about prophecy not try to avoid it. Although America was the first in thinking they could manipulate the clock twice a year, the fact remains we’re on Someone else’s clock and there is not stopping that one.
God’s will will be done regardless if it is a man or woman in that Oval Office. The one who has sat in that chair already sent America into the prophesied downward spiral with his enactment of homos “legally” marrying. You see, they have a right to a “civil” union but definitely not the right for “marriage”. There is a difference. When the institution God set into place on the sixth day of the week became broken, it remains who will take the office, now, will be the catalyst of the last remaining institution God sat into place on the seventh day, the Sabbath, will follow as being “illegal” and this is what our focus should be on.
Does it matter if it is a “king” or “queen” come voting day, November 8? It is not the one who you are voting for who make the difference, but the one who makes it happen, who steps inside the booth. Then to paraphrase a famous movie, “The Wizard of Oz” so aptly stated, “Ignore the man behind the curtain”. As if it meant anything anyway!
November 4, 2016