Political elections have certainly changed in my lifetime and probably even in yours. You may read this before the election or after; it doesn’t matter. My topic today is about the election process. I won’t speak to any party affiliation or a particular candidate. But I will say that in nearly every race for whatever office is being contested, it comes down to who is able to throw the most dirt – factual or not – at the other candidate. Long gone are the days when a candidate for any seat – local, state or federal – would simply ride on the coattails of his or her own accomplishments. It was much easier to choose someone who made a point of addressing issues that were of concern to each of us, individually.
Now, we are force to wade through all of the muck and the mire to see if we, first of all, can determine what information is the truth and what is exaggerated. Once we sort that out, we can again decide who addresses what we are concerned with, or who doesn’t address what doesn’t concern us. It is one crazy guessing game.
The important message that I want to focus on is this: our governments – at all levels – are run by individuals who are the elected officials. If you have any concern about what your government officials are doing, you need to get out and vote at every election. You need to be diligent in learning all you can – truth or not – about each candidate that will be on your local ballot and make a concerted effort to pick the person that you trust most to handle situations that deal with you and your family. Take time to stop and pray for each candidate and pray that God will guide you in selecting the person(s) whom you want to vote for. You have no say in any level of government if you don’t exercise your right to vote.
Once the elections are over, continue to pray for each candidate that won the seat they will be serving. Our society is made up of conservatives and liberals and every variation in between. There will always be differences of opinion but even if you don’t agree with your current elected official, I hope that you would want them to give prayerful consideration to the issues they address. We don’t always know what God’s plans are for us as a society but I know that God wants to be in relationship with each of us; politician or not, preacher or not, school teacher or not, and even those who serve our community as first responders.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says, ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’ Why should we even begin to think that we know what is best for the entire community, state or country. We need to depend on God’s will for our society and God just might be using that politician that you don’t agree with. Pray for him or her, anyway.
Most of us are familiar with what is known as The Lord’s Prayer . Matthew 6:10 is just one verse out of that prayer that says, ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’ Do you know God’s will for you and your life? Do you know God’s will for your community; local or beyond? Are you ready for God’s will, whatever it is? It might be a very surprising change in your life, if God suddenly cornered you into following His true will. It might be a good thing or it could be a very trying thing. Jesus would say, ‘Trust in God.’ It isn’t always easy but I have found it to be much easier when I am in a relationship with God. God would like that, as well. Be blessed, be a blessing and be the church!
Mark Parkinson serves as pastor of Broad Street Christian Church. The church is located at 106 Broad St. in Martinsville.