by Dan Norton
That question probably wouldn’t spark much debate at a gathering of friends because most people like to hang out with people that think like they do. The response would most likely be a quick mention of the preferred candidates name followed by a list of perceived failures by the other candidate that would most certainly disqualify them for office.
I remember as a third grader debating who should win the 1964 election, Lyndon Johnson or Barry Goldwater. Of course we were all simply parroting what we heard our parents say, as children we didn’t have a clue. In those days the differences in the agendas and platforms between political parties seemed minimal in comparison to today. Who could have imagined a time when seemingly intelligent people could actually believe that you might not really be the gender you were when you were born. We are in desperate times.
Back to the original question, which candidate offers the best hope for America? The answer is neither. No one person can fix what’s wrong with this country. We’ve lost our bearings. Our collective moral compass, integrity, common sense, hard work, desire to achieve and general respect for God has vanished. It has been replaced by selfishness, anger, hatred and intolerance for Godly principles. John F. Kennedy’s admonition in his 1961 presidential inauguration speech to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” has deteriorated into a desire by many for socialism and free everything. As a nation once respected as the one place on earth to find hope and liberty we now seem to be universally hated and in turn often treat our allies poorly.
To be sure I will vote. It is a right, a privilege and a responsibility. Every eligible person in America should vote. Not liking the candidates is no excuse to not vote. It isn’t a beauty contest. Choose the candidate whose agenda and vision most closely represents what you believe would honor God. To not vote is a total abdication of your right and responsibility as a citizen.
“Hold on” I hear you say, “if neither candidate offers hope what’s the point?” The answer is found in the Bible, God’s word. Daniel 2:20-23 says “Let the name of God be blessed forever…it is He who changes times and epochs, He removes kings and establishes kings;” Despite what we hear in the news God is in control of everything. The fact that He allows people who care nothing about him to behave foolishly and then suffer the consequences does not change that. Sometimes those consequences make it appear that things are hopeless. That is not true. The Bible offers hope that is guaranteed. 2Chronicles 7:14 says “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (ESV). What an amazing promise. If my people…pray, …turn from their wicked ways, …I will forgive and heal their land. Not all of the people in the world. God’s people.
Are you one of God’s people? Want to heal America and in the process change the world? Let’s get on our knees.
Dan Norton is the Media Pastor at Westside Church. He has been on staff since 1997. He has been involved with media related ministry for most of his adult life. He is married to his wife Suzie. They have three children and three grandchildren.