Tomorrow, we will elect the next President of the United States. Before I go to the ballot box, I have a confession I need to make.
This election season, I submitted to fear. Often.
I fell prey to deceitful rhetoric from politicians, the media, and, at times, my own thoughts. I allowed fear to creep into my life because of second-hand information and hyperbolic statements.
For some, this may sound like it’s not a big deal. After all, whoever is elected will be given the power to steer our country in the direction they choose. (Kind of. Believe it or not, we do have systems in place to prevent people from turning America into Lord of the Flies.) Since this President will also elect a justice(s), who will, in turn, shape the laws of our country for the next 2-3 generations, it is a significant election.
However, facts like these have been used to instill fear in the hearts and minds of many of us. We’ve been told things like…
Hillary will use her power to take all of our guns, kill all of the unborn, and force us to watch endless reruns of Dallas while scalping bald eagles.
Trump will use his power to turn this country into a fascist state, curse every woman back to the kitchen, and force us to watch endless reruns of him firing Omarosa.
Third-party candidates won’t be able to find their way to the White House. And when they get there, they’ll be too busy “hot-boxing” to get anything done.
All of these scenarios sound like hell. While they all represent legitimate concerns, they simultaneously invite us to live in fear and vote against a specific candidate instead of voting for the candidate we believe in.
For me, it feels wrong to cast my vote out of an unhealthy fear of the future. Primarily for two reasons.
1: A BIBLICAL REASON.
According to Scripture, it’s wrong to do anything out of an unhealthy fear. It’s wrong because God has said many times in His Word to not allow fear to dictate how I live my life.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” JOSHUA 1:9
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love 1 John 4:18
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 1 Timothy 1:7
I’ve heard it said that if certain candidates get elected, it’ll be the end of the world as we know it. Which is, in fact true. But it’s only true because every day is the end of the world as we know it. Every day is a new day.
And with each new day come new mercies.
2: A PHILOSOPHICAL REASON
I have much respect for those who have served, and who are currently serving, our country. We have a rich and storied history of men and women who gave their lives for the freedom of others. One of the greatest of those freedoms is our ability to choose those who govern over us.
While I may be wrong on this one, my hunch is that those who have given their lives for our freedom did so believing we would use that freedom to elect those we believe would govern well. They didn’t give their lives so our votes could be hijacked by fear and empty rhetoric.
We should vote for those who inspire us. We should vote for those who we believe will have a positive impact on our country. We don’t need to vote for perfection, but we do need to vote for hope.
Which leads me to the scariest question of all: who am I going to vote for? At this moment, I don’t know. But I do know that I won’t drop my ballot into that box because of a fear of the future. I’ll submit it in hope for a brighter tomorrow.
soli deo gloria
P.S. If my candidate doesn’t win? God is still on the throne. So, that’s good news.
P.P.S If you’d like to send a scathing email because you interpreted this post to support or deny a particular candidate, you can email: email@example.com. However, if you’d like to have a respectful and intelligent discussion, you can join me in the comments.