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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Election Year

This is a Leap Year and every time we have one of those we have to suffer through a year of campaigning for President. It gets crazier all the time. Yesterday was the Chinese New Year and it is the year of the monkey. Is that a coincidence or what?
Actually the rhetoric begins long before January but that's when it really begins to heat up with the Iowa caucuses followed by a string of primaries. By the time the election finally comes in November we're sick and tired of the noise and just want it to be over.
This year's election is especially interesting. The Republican party has been a three-ring circus complete with a clown. No one can tell who will come out on top to win the nomination. God help us if it's the clown!
We also have a woman who has been trying for more than a decade to become the first woman president. In the beginning, she seemed to have the Democratic ticket sewed up but the threads began to unravel when a Jew from Vermont threw his hat in the ring and unexpectedly began to rise.
I find the fact that he is a Jew particularly intriguing. We know that God said He will bless those who bless His people and curse those who curse them (Genesis 12:3). Having a Jewish president would naturally tip the balance in Israel's favor. All politics and policies aside, might God be raising up a Jewish president "for such a time as this"?
In the last election, people voted based on race to give us the first black president. This time people are voting based on gender. Madeleine Albright (a former Secretary of State) told young women voters the reason to vote for the female candidate is "God will send you to a special place in hell if you don’t." That just shows how unbalanced and biased people are in their thinking. No ones goes to hell based on how they voted in a U. S. election. God has another ballot with the name of Jesus on it. That's the one that counts!
Although the election is creating quite an uproar on earth, God is in control and not worried nor will He be surprised at the outcome. He "removeth kings, and setteth up kings" (Daniel 2:21). He has not publically endorsed anyone and is keeping His opinion hidden until November. Whatever the outcome of the election, He has a reason beyond what we can see or understand. I'm casting my vote on my knees in full confidence that God knows what He's doing. May His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.


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