I am not a political person, would not normally write about politics, and care not to discuss politics outside of my family, but I was reading a verse of scripture one morning that directed my thoughts so clearly to this election that it was hard to ignore.
Here is the scripture:
John 7:12-13 (NIV) “Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him [Jesus]. Some said, ‘He is a good man.’ Others replied, ‘No, he deceives the people.’ But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the Jews.”
I thought that it was interesting that some said that Jesus was a “good” man while others felt He was a deceiver. Clearly, He could not be both. Although the scriptures do not clearly state this, but I believe that both groups of people saw the same miracles that Jesus performed with a pure heart. How can one group of people perceive His good works as “good” and another as “deceiving?” The answer, I believe, lies in the lenses one wears.
One teacher who regularly taught at the church I attended in Nashville said that we all wear proverbial lenses that affect what we believe, think, see and how we act and vote. These lenses are formed based on our upbringing, culture, experiences and even our decisions. In other words, two people can see the same blue sky and one with yellow tinted glasses could say, “Oh no, the sky is green.”
Transitioning to the upcoming election, I have heard the facts regarding Trump and Secretary Clinton and as a believer, my choice is clear. Aside from the legal allegations against Secretary Clinton, Trump wants to defund Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in the US. This organization also provides partial birth abortions. Look up how this procedure is performed and you will see that this is murder. I appreciate the fact that Trump has pro-life views and wants to appoint and confirm pro-life judges. Trump also wants to protect biblical religious conscience and he supports school choice including private schools.
Personally I want to vote for the person who has some concern for the will of God. Has he said some things in his past that he now regrets? Who hasn’t? When voting, personality is often hailed or disdained, but I vote principles. I have viewed Trump on CBN’s the 700 Club and heard him speak of his concerns for the unborn and his heart for prayer. I have heard his honest heart for America and have seen him receive prayer from true men of God with like beliefs and consciousness. These issues are important to me.
Facts are facts. The scriptures tell us that the people were “divided because of Jesus.” If the people were divided because of Jesus, can we expect no less from a presidential candidate? God’s people may be divided because of a candidate, but, after the elections, I believe we’ll come back together in prayer, in worship and in serving God.
Whether you vote for Trump or Secretary Clinton, you are still my brother or sister in Christ, if you believe in Jesus as your Savior. I do, however, like to present facts and allow facts to speak for themselves. Jesus said in John 7:24, “Stop judging by mere appearances and make a right judgement.”
Only God can help us make a right judgement.