Why do we vote? What pushes us to stand behind a particular candidate, possibly even donating money to their campaign? What is the driving force behind the craziness of the presidential political season? The hope of electing the person, who fulfills all your needs, hopes and dreams, that’s why we vote. We want the person who said all the “right things” to sit in the Oval Office for four (maybe even eight) years, pushing an agenda through the halls of democracy, which we can stand behind and benefit from its results. In reality, it has nothing to do about insuring the best for our nation. That has some bearing of course. But if we are truthful with ourselves, we want to make sure our lives get what they need first and then hope things seep into our neighbor’s coffers also.
In reality we want a god. We don’t try to discern whether we want the one, true God or if we want the artificial, sit on the mantle (or Oval Office) type of god. A statue which symbolizes all we believe America could and should be. We understand this god won’t be perfect, but we have rationalized political and social behavior to its lowest common denominator now, so we are okay with irreparable behavior and lies.
It is even common knowledge and widely accepted that our presidents, American gods, don’t completely have our best interest in mind. And realistically, how can it be? All presidents have their legacy to think of and if it meant risking how they would be represented in history books, they will always choose their image over America’s well-being. This is evident on the campaign trails when candidates try to tell us how they understand how hard it is to feed and clothe our families on subpar salaries. All while they are wearing thousands of dollars of designer clothes, eating at the finest restaurants in the world and accepting speaking fees for one speech, which equal some individuals yearly income. Sure, they care about us.
What would happen if we gave up these “gods”? Not give up on our republic and our ability to say who should be in the Oval Office. Instead, put these gods in their rightful place and put God in the Oval Office. What if God ran for president?
As a candidate, for us to put the true God in the Oval Office, we have to first put Him in our hearts and our everyday life. We have to understand, God is the only one who can and will supply our needs. No, He is not welfare on steroids, so we will never have to work again, but He is the sustainer of life. He is our Heavenly Father and He wants to do for us, what we are begging human presidents to do.
We look to presidents and other leaders to provide for us. Some look for minimal provision from the government and others look for almost complete provision. God is the ultimate provider and not just in a spiritual aspect. The Bible lays out God’s platform for taking care of us.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not show or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:25-26 (NIV)
This doesn’t mean we get to sit back and wait for God to do it all. The Apostle Paul wrote to Titus, explaining those who follow Christ must:
“…learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives”. Titus 3:14 (NIV)
Yet, God’s platform for leading us is to not be so consumed with our personal needs that they drive us to distraction. Work, each day do something productive, which provides for your family and maybe even others in your sphere of influence, all the time trusting God, will bless your work. God isn’t just a leader who provides physical needs to those who follow Him, but also wisdom.
Wisdom is something many of our leaders lack in today’s government and those who occupy the White House will lead you to believe they possess great wisdom and discernment. Men and women are fallible. Even with the best of intentions, all will make mistakes. God’s presidential platform would be filled with great wisdom. We must be cognizant of the source of our leader’s “wisdom”. Many leaders use historical wisdom, yet some take their wisdom from ungodly sources or sources which are more humanist in nature.
King Solomon, King of Israel, the son of King David, was humble before God when he became the new king over Israel. Because of his humility, God came to him and said,
“Ask for whatever you want me to give you”. 2 Chronicles 1:7 (NIV).
Solomon answered God, again in a humble manner, and asked God to
“Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 2 Chronicles 1:10 (NIV).
God’s response to Solomon’s request was amazing!! God said to Solomon,
“Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches or honor, nor the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you.” 2 Chronicles 1:11-12a (NIV)
God gives wisdom and understanding, if we ask. Yes, no one has been given the level of wisdom and knowledge again, as was given to Solomon (2 Chronicles 1:12b), but God still gives wisdom to those who seek His ways.
God’s platform would be filled with healing. Healing however doesn’t just always happen. As with any ailment, those who need healing must ask.
There can be no argument, our country needs healing. We may argue over what the true illness is within our country, but healing is needed. Only God can bring true healing. Man can put Band-Aids all over the place and maybe even do some plastic surgery, to make things appear to be better or even healed. But God is the only one who can bring about a true restoration of mankind and all which afflicts us.
To some, the idea of God being the leader of our nation is threatening to their ideological thinking of politics and society. History is filled with mankind not knowing how to react to God being in the lead. To many yielding authority and power to God is weak, when in fact, it takes a strong and confident individual to realize they don’t know it all and need help to lead God’s people. Whether someone is a believer in God or not, He is still the one who set the world in motion and He will be the one who decides when it stops spinning.