“You can’t depend on anyone, not even a great leader. Once they die and are buried, that will be the end of all their plans. The Lord God of Jacob blesses everyone who trusts him and depends on him.” (Psalm 146:3–5, CEV)
I always knew who wouldn’t receive my vote. Surprisingly, for over a year, I’ve been asked, “Who will you support?” Unfortunately, the existing parties nominated candidates that I wasn’t able to honestly support. It is still shocking that the two least trusted and respected people in our nation were nominated. As time went on their glaring moral deficits negatively affected their campaigns and our nation. As a conservative I knew I would be in opposition to either candidate of the two major parties. One ran as a populist, the other with an extremely liberal and “progressive” agenda.
However, as a follower of Jesus Christ, I will pray fervently for the President elect’s dependence upon God for wisdom, protection and faith.
Personally, after a great deal of thought and prayer, I voted, though tempted to not participate this year. One more visit to the sanctuary at Woodland, I prayed not knowing whose name I would write in. As I walked out of the sanctuary the following people came to mind that my vote would affect. First and foremost the sanctity of human life for the unborn.
I exercised the stewardship and trust of my vote for:
- the unborn child to be safe in the womb, the babies that have been born, the sick and disabled, those in sexual slavery, all lives matter and are precious
- my beloved wife, children and grandsons
- the congregation that I love and lead
- the elderly
- my neighbors
- for parents who want their children to have a good education in safe schools of their choice
- the young people in my community who have a future to prayerfully prepare and plan for
- for our free exercise of religious freedom
- justice and ethical treatment for everyone, especially the marginalized
- our future Supreme Court nominees
- our police and first responders
- our military and veterans
- the working men and women in my community
- the small business person providing jobs for my neighbors and congregants and paying taxes in our communities
- national security and the security of our borders
- the economy
Reread this verse, “You can’t depend on anyone, not even a great leader. Once they die and are buried, that will be the end of all their plans. The Lord God of Jacob blesses everyone who trusts him and depends on him.” (Psalm 146:3–5, CEV)
Jesus Christ is Lord! He was is and always will be. My hope remains steadfast in Him. I’m going to sleep peacefully for my trust is firmly fixed in Christ. I voted for those I love.
One more thought. Finally this long Presidential Campaign is over. It was far too long, exhausting, and wore on the emotional health of our nation. We must think intensely about limiting the length of the campaign.