Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton. Ted Cruz. Bernie Sanders.
These names keep popping up on television, social media, and roadside signs throughout the United States, as if they are actually supposed to mean something. New advertisements for their presidential campaigns air constantly, each addition to their arsenal more degrading and fabricated than the last. National news stations, as well as campaign supporters throughout the country have taken to advocating specific candidates, spewing all of their faith into their favorite, and judging anyone who has the audacity to choose another candidate. Before the primaries began, I behaved in the aforementioned way, sharing posts from my favorite candidates on social media websites, thinking that if the two of them ran together and would get elected, our country would be a better place.
When my favorite candidates (Dr. Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee, if you’d really like to know) dropped out of the race due to poor poll results, my hopes sank. The remaining candidates that we are being offered exhibit little of what I saw in the character of my favorite prospects: a fire for God that would not be extinguished by the PC Patrol of Washington D.C. Before Carson and Huckabee ended their campaigns, I thought that they would be infallible if they ended up running as a President and VP combo; however, their promises were not even stable enough to keep them in the race.
Nevertheless, I’m not composing this blog post to bash presidential candidates (former or current), or political parties. Neither am I going to try to convince you who you should vote for. In all honesty, I have absolutely no idea who I will be supporting come November. Instead, I’m going to share a little secret with you about the presidential election, one that is glaringly obvious, yet overlooked by the vast majority of voters:
Political parties cannot and will not save us.
That’s right folks, it’s as simple as the eight words listed above: Republicans, Democrats, or Independents do not have the ability to save the United States from caving in economically, socially, or morally. Candidates, no matter how extensive their backgrounds are in the realm of politics, cannot restore the United States to its former glory. The reality is that no matter who gets elected as the next leader of the free world, the entire world is still being judged by the omnipotent God who created it, and the well-being of our nation depends on how well we strive to abide by His commandments.
Cue laughing from naysayers, but if the Bible says it, I believe it. And boy, does the Bible say it!
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”
First and foremost, this verse pretty much says it all: nations are blessed when they put God first, and He will honor their commitment. Flashback to the Evangelistic surge of the 1950s, where Americans embraced the teachings of God after World War II. Now picture the United States today, where the percentage of citizens who identify as followers of Jesus Christ drops with each passing year. Correspondingly, our nation’s prosperity drops as well, evident in the ever-increasing budget deficit, surge of racial wars, and rapid depletion of moral character. In the 1950s, America experienced prosperity, bouncing back tenfold from the hardships of the World Wars the nation participated in during the first half of the century. Though some historians attribute the nation’s overall success to the increase in manufacturing and home construction, I hate to tell them, but the housing market collapsed itself a few years back. So, what is holding back America from becoming great again?
“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
Politicians of any party can easily lay the blame on guns, over-exposure to sexual content, warfare, global warming, excessive spending, or countless other ludicrous points of interest, while they are ignoring the heart of every issue that is rotting our nation to the core: sin. As stated in the verse before, sin is a reproach to any people, including a nation that was founded on religious freedom, the majority of which remains Christian. However, instead of standing up for what the Bible tells us to be true, large numbers of self-identified Christians have ignored God’s commandments and have in turn sided with the teachings of man. From legalizing sinful actions such as abortion and same-sex marriage, to stripping away the religious freedoms for Christians, it is no wonder that the United States is on the verge of turmoil.
“But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.”
One of the most notable reasons why political debates are oftentimes considered entertaining to watch is due to the fact that the candidates verbally assault one another while debating over the policies and laws they think will best aid the United States. Obviously they think that their ideals are the best things for us, or else they wouldn’t be running for office, even if their proposed plans are anything but intelligible. Be that as it may, the majority of politicians are quick to forget that a rule book of laws was written for us long before they stepped foot on this earth. That rule book, God’s Holy Word, contains the only ideals that will help not only this country, but any country thrive. So much time has been wasted arguing about domestic policies, environmental policies, and tax reform, when the answers have been stashed away in the Bible collecting dust for decades. God gave us the answers, and until someone acknowledges the truth in His Word, He will not allow us to prosper as a nation.
“And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.” -Matthew 12:25-28
Furthermore, if our nation’s politicians -our appointed rulers- cannot agree upon issues, the nation will inevitably be divided against itself. Constantly the news airs reports of Republicans speaking against Democrats and vice versa, as well as politicians within the same parties tearing one another down with hateful accusations. Additionally, if candidates are against the teachings of God’s Word, how can they rid our country of the hindrances of sin? As stated in Matthew 12:26, “If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?”, meaning you can’t advocate sin and want to get rid of it at the same time. However, if someone were to “cast out devils”, vis-a-vis sin in accordance to God’s Word, our nation could thrive again. Therefore, we will not be able to stand much longer unless we agree to disagree on the pointless policies, and focus on how to restore our faith in God.
” Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”
In essence, political parties, individual politicians, and the arguments both of any sort spawn are never going to fix the immense amount of problems that the United States, as well as the world, are facing. By continually placing faith in mere men to make decisions to best prosper our nation, we are not allowing Jesus, nor His father, to be the King of Kings and lead us to righteousness. The only way to restore our nation to its former glory is to do as Peter and the apostles realized in Acts 5:29, “we ought to obey God rather than men.” In the end, there will be a winner of the 2016 Presidential Election here in the United States. Nevertheless, there is a God in Heaven who is judging the decisions made here, and who will reward us only according to our obedience to him, not the future President.
Good day, and God bless!
Credit for Featured Image is attributed to Judy Stines: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/319051954828819599/