In a couple weeks, Americans will step into polling places, fill out a short form, and decide the next leader of the United States of America. Rather than sitting around anxiously waiting to hear the results, I will be praising God that this presidential race is finally over.
Everyone has heard how disastrous it would be if Candidate A or Candidate B actually got elected. I’ve heard so many times that it would mean the end of America as we know it. Now I have my own opinions about each candidate (all of which I shall keep to myself while on the internet), and certainly, whichever one becomes president will be drastically different from the other in policies and leadership. However, I don’t believe that the presidency of a single nutcase can make or break the USA.
The President Is Not Why America Is Great
Before you start commenting, hear me out. Every four years the American people lose their minds over who will get to lead the country for the next term. I don’t think I’ve witnessed a single election (in my relatively short lifetime) where it wasn’t called “the most important election in America’s history.”
Obviously, this election has been… shall we say, different. The mudslinging is out of control. The two foremost candidates are hated not only by the opposing parties, but by members of their own party as well. It’s quite a spectacle, one that does not reflect well on the United States on the global stage. Regardless of the media circus that is the 2016 race for President, I do not believe that America is doomed because of either candidate.
America has never been great because of its politicians. America is great because of its citizens, the ordinary people who have strong character and work ethic. The people who built this country with their own two hands. The people who served in the armed services, putting their lives on the line for American freedom and liberty. The people who love the United States, not because it is perfect, but because it stands for something greater than themselves.
I’m not saying each candidate doesn’t have their issues. They most certainly do. And whoever gets to lead our country will get to shape America for the next four years. Depending on who that is, it could good, bad, or unremarkable. But despite its flaws, its poor leaders, its career politicians, the United States of America is still great. Any president can do some damage, but one president isn’t going to completely eradicate what makes America great, because Americans are what make America great.
God’s Choice Will Always Sit In The Seat Of Power
Furthermore, as a Christian, I believe it is a sin to worry (Philippians 4:6), and that includes intense worry for the future of our nation. God is in control no matter who wins this November. He was in control four years ago, and the four years before that and so on and so forth. From Washington to Obama, God has ordained who our leaders are. He is the one who puts them in power and the one who removes them from the same position.
It is our responsibility to vote for who best expresses our beliefs. It is also our responsibility to pray for whoever gets elected, whether or not you voted for them (1 Timothy 2:1-3). It is also our responsibility, as Christians, to trust God for the outcome.
I believe that America is already great. I believe that whatever we’re going through we can overcome. Not because of who sits in the Oval Office, but because of the many wonderful people who inhabit the United States. Finally, I believe God is in control, whatever the outcome.
Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.
Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations.