As the election nears, the emotions of Americans are reaching fever pitch as they verbalize their presidential preferences. The air waves are full of propaganda that takes on forms of exaggerated facts and fiction. The printed media floods the market place with editorial viewpoints that does more to fragmentize and divide then to bring a clear and concise understanding of the issues. Political parties use their “In God We Trust” greenbacks to try and buy the vote of the American citizen. Special interest groups march to the drum of self interest instead of the corporate good of all. The internet hums to life with a surge of information that can reinforce any political agenda.
Joining the battle for America, the Christian soldier holding the cross in one hand and the Bible in the other, expounds his viewpoint as to who would be God’s choice for the office of President of the United States. Tragically, they seem to be more interested in who should not be the next President. Instead of promoting the positive approach to personal preference, they take the negative road of exposing the flaws of “God’s opponent.” Every four years, it seems that so many Christians become more like the world. The Believer seems to develop spiritual amnesia as he exhibits the characteristics of his old nature. It is one thing to be opposed to someone or something, but it is altogether a different thing to expose, exaggerate, and defame the character of another. For the Christian to pass on information that is acquired by accepting the agenda of the biased mass media is to do a great disservice to other Christians who are daring to live by the standards of God’s Word. The “Right Wing,” which seems to have swallowed up the Believer into their ranks, has led a propaganda war of character assassination. No matter what their political opposition states, it is declared as lies. Is this the part God has called the Believer to play?
In this volatile election year, Christians must learn what it is to be a peacemaker. We must exhibit the fruit of the spirit. We must realize that God is in control. God does not need our help in securing political leadership. He does not need the Believer to judge, convict, and sentence the candidates. All He wants is for the Christian to exhibit the likeness of His Son. Protests from the “always right” claim they must expose the enemy of the cross, no matter what the cost. When are Believers going to realize that God has a “ways and means” to bring down or lift up any individual and He will do that in His timing? In the mean time, let the Believer accentuate the positive and let the unbeliever deal with the negative. If one cannot say anything good about someone, let him be silent.
As America prepares to vote this coming November, let us all pray and ask God for whom we should vote. Let God arise and let the media be scattered. Let God show us what the truth is and then let us pursue it with a love for one another.
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