Post Election Thoughts

american-flagI realize my political views may not agree with yours. And I’m honestly OK with that. I proudly identified myself as #NeverTrump #NeverHillary during the election. With clear conscience I “threw my vote away” on 3rd party candidate Evan McMullin; a man with high moral principles instead of someone morally bankrupt. I honestly thought that when the election was over, I would drop the discussion of politics and life would go on as usual. I’m finding it impossible to do that. I didn’t vote for Donald Trump, but I am an American, and he is the President Elect which means in January, he will be my president. You won’t hear me say otherwise.

A surprising effect this election has had (at least to me) is it turned this apathetic American citizen into a political activist. It is unlikely that politics will disappear from my webpage or Facebook feed. (Don’t worry, I’m sure they will slow down!) You can choose to read or not read if this bothers you, but I will no longer be silent.

God told me how to choose a leader. Ex 18:21, 1 Tim 3:2-3 Click To Tweet

And frankly, there is no amount of justification, supreme court ramifications or otherwise that will make me change my mind on this subject. God Himself is the only one who could make me change my mind. He already told me how to choose a leader and His Word is forever settled in heaven and he doesn’t change.

In 1st Timothy 3: 2&3 he said to choose leaders who are: above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.

In Exodus 18:21, he said to select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain.

This was my criteria for voting, and this will remain my criteria for voting.

God's Word was my criteria for voting and will remain my criteria for voting. Click To Tweet

trumpI am disappointed with the evangelical leaders who supported Donald Trump for President. I understand the whole fear of voting for a 3rd party candidate. But, the logic against voting third party is flawed and cyclic:  A third party candidate can’t win because people won’t vote for a third party candidate because a third party candidate can’t win.

I believe if the evangelical world had stood up and said “We will not endorse this man because he does not meet even the most basic level of human decency, but we will support this third party candidate who does” a third party candidate could have won.

hillaryOver half of the people who voted for Donald Trump said they did so to keep Hillary out of office and over half of the people who voted for Hillary Clinton said they did so to keep Trump out of office.

This is a very sad commentary on our political system.

This election, I chose not to vote against a candidate, but to vote for a candidate I believed would lead America back to her roots.

I chose to vote FOR a candidate not AGAINST a candidate. Click To Tweet

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I believe as Christians we have an obligation to vote for the candidate whose past actions demonstrate the likelihood for future choices that line up with God’s Word. This has nothing to do with party affiliation. I also believe that to vote one way and believe the opposite isn’t right. While Jesus walked on this earth, he didn’t hesitate to call out the hypocrisy of the spiritual leaders of his day calling them snakes, vipers and hypocrites. I have to wonder if his words would be much different discussing our spiritual leaders today. On a smaller scale, I think that church leaders, community leaders and parents also have to consider the example they are setting. To vote for someone who goes against your beliefs is much like the “do as I say and not as I do” philosophy. I think you have to talk your talk and walk your talk, and support others who do the same. Otherwise, you run the risk of being a stumbling block for anyone looking up to you.

To vote for someone who goes against your beliefs is like saying do as I say and not as I do. Click To Tweet

I attend a non-denominational, full gospel, faith church. One thing you will hear frequently from the pulpit is “God is not in control”. If He were, this world wouldn’t be in the mess it is in. Genesis very clearly states that God gave control (dominion) to Adam. Adam and Eve chose to give that dominion to the enemy when they disobeyed God and ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

One of the arguments I heard during the election process was that God can use anyone. I love and respect the person who told me this, I truly do. But I also believe that statement is completely false. I will go even further and tell you that just as much as “God is in control”,  I believe “God can use anyone” is a lie from the pit of hell. Yes, you can show me scriptures where God did use some of the lowliest of people to bring about good. And I can show you scriptures where those who refused to humble themselves were completely and utterly destroyed… entire nations, even down to their cattle. God can only use those who allow themselves to be used. To believe otherwise, is to believe that we do not have free will. To believe God can use anyone is to believe, in my opinion, God is in control. And to believe that God is in control… well, then He sure has made a mess of things!

God can't just use anyone, but He can use those who allow themselves to be used. Click To Tweet

Part of our dominion is in choosing wise leaders. When we select a leader, we are choosing who to give our allegiance to. Another argument I heard during the election was that it isn’t our place to judge. I think this is taking this scripture WAY out of context. We aren’t supposed to judge our neighbors. However, we ARE supposed to judge our leaders. We are supposed to judge those we choose to associate with. We are even told how to judge them: According to God’s Word and “by their fruits”.  Neither candidate passed those tests for me.

I understand the important of the Supreme Court, I truly do. AND I believe there are considerations that outweigh this.

wavePerhaps I can best demonstrate this with a familiar story from the Bible… I’m sure you’ve heard this one many times before. Jesus had finished speaking to and feeding the multitude of people, and needed some alone time with the Father. He sent his disciples ahead, telling them to go to the other side of the lake and he would meet up with them. While they were crossing, the wind arose and began buffeting the boat. The disciples looked up and saw the figure of a man walking toward them across the water. They thought it was a ghost.  So, Jesus called out to them letting them know it was him and telling them not to be afraid. Peter called back to him, “If it’s really you, tell me to come out there where you are.” So, Jesus said, “Come.”  Many people kind of skip over the next part where Peter actually walked on water. He did!  He got out of the boat and headed out to where Jesus was on the lake.  Then what happened? He took his eyes off Jesus and looked at the waves. The wind was already blowing. The waves were already striking the boat. The storm was already there when Peter started walking on the water. But, as long as his focus was on Jesus, on The Word, he could rise above the storm and walk on water. When he looked at the circumstances around him – circumstances that had already been there – he began to sink.

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This isn’t just a story. This is a life lesson. Jesus came to earth not only to die for us and redeem us from sin and suffering, he came to show us how to live.

Jesus came not just to die for us, but to show us how to live. Click To Tweet

We know that Jesus is The Word, because we are told The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

I propose considering this story from a political view… you’ve probably never done that before, I know I hadn’t. We are to look to God’s Word as final authority in our lives. Even Jesus said he did nothing he didn’t see the Father do and said nothing he didn’t hear the Father say.  We have His Word in scripture. We have his directions on selecting leaders. (And no, I don’t believe that direction has changed – another argument I heard during the election – unless you can point out scripture and verse showing me that it has.)

Peter was able to rise above the storm as long as he kept his focus on The Word. Click To Tweet

Peter was able to rise above the storm as long as he kept his focus on The Word. Once he looked at circumstances (the Supreme Court Justice, the two-party system, the other candidate, the election polls, the forecasts) he began to sink.

We aren’t supposed to walk by sight. We are supposed to walk by faith. We aren’t supposed to vote out of fear, we are supposed to vote from our faith. What is our faith?

Another saying you will hear often at my church is you can substitute God’s Word for the word Faith in the Bible without changing the meaning of the sentence; they are one and the same. We get our faith from His Word, and His Word is our faith. We overcome by His Word and our confession (testimony) of that word (our faith).

You can substitute God’s Word for the word 'Faith' in the Bible without changing the meaning. Click To Tweet

I encourage you to get involved in the political system. In four years, we will have another choice to make. Don’t wait until the polls open to get involved; it will be too late.

If you weren’t happy with your choices this time around, we have four years to change that. We can rise up and tell Washington we want better choices. We can band together behind a worthy 3rd party candidate in vast numbers and change the direction of our nation.

I invite you to join the New Conservative movement, we are working together for a brighter future for America. We’re an army rising up!

I love you. I love our country. I love our God. Be at peace.

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