At a campaign rally in Ohio, President Obama proclaimed this to his supporters that, “Voting is the best revenge.” Challenger Mitt Romney told his supporters to: “Vote for love of country. It is time we lead America to a better place.”
I do not know how you feel about the election. I do not know how you feel about the process. I do know that there are many anxious Americans on this day and that will compound until the final vote is counted and the inevitable litigation and claims and counter-claims of voter fraud have ended.
We see results of polls and feel momentarily elated and then we see another and the depression seeps in. Pundits are declaring victory on both sides. The average American holding the power of a single vote stands in the middle of it all not knowing which way to turn and too often decides to ignore the whole process. By doing so, they allow a percentage of people and a scattering of fraudsters to determine the direction of our country. They put the direction of their lives and that of their families in the hands of others without a say. They forfeit their freedom.
I decided quite some time ago, before this campaign and before all those preceding it, how I would vote in elections. This time, the revenge vote comment put an exclamation point on my determination. It is time to “lead America to a better place.” Maybe our self-proclaimed Christian President might want to seek guidance from scripture as he asks for the revenge vote. That is, assuming that he asks guidance from God or reads His word.
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. Romans 12:19
It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.” Deuteronomy 32:35
If the President’s goal is revenge, I must ask against whom. America? If someone is a deserving recipient, he will be repaid. That is where I take solace.
The sermon delivered by my Pastor today was from chapter 5 of the Old Testament book of Daniel. Take a minute and read it. Belshazzar, the ruler of Babylon, had Daniel brought to him to interpret an inscription written by a human hand on a plaster wall while he and his nobles, wives and concubines partied and drank wine from the gold goblets taken from the Temple in Jerusalem. Daniel told Belshazzar that since he had not humbled himself and instead set himself against the Lord, that God sent the hand that wrote the inscription that when interpreted said:
God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.
On that night, Belshazzar was slain and the kingdom was taken over by Darius the Mede. You can read how that turned out in Daniel 6.
My Pastor is not an outwardly political man, but his sermon today was quite reassuring. At least to me it was and the message is that God is in charge. So, turn off the pundits, tune out the political ads, and ignore the pollsters. Vote for what is in your heart and God will take care of the rest.
I am not a political prognosticator. I generally make no predictions. This time I did make one. I predicted that Mitt Romney would be the Republican candidate for President. I also predicted that if he did not attack his opponent like a street fighter that he would lose the general election. Thankfully, he did not follow my advice. Instead he has placed humbleness in contrast to arrogance. He has placed God and love of country in contrast to self-indulgence and a demonstrated hatred of the “American way.” He has placed calm in contrast to not so subtle anger. He has placed substance, thought and maturity in contrast to child-like political one-liners and tired clichés. He contrasted hard choices ahead against utopian promises.
On Election Day, humble yourself before God. Ask Him to shine His light of truth across this land so that every voting American might clearly see the choice before them. To reiterate, I do not make political predictions. I can only pray that the Lord’s will is done on this day and that the Bible scripture I have written on my day planner for the day holds true: 2 Corinthians 6:2
For he says,
“In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
May God save the United States of America.