The 2020 United States presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2020. It will be the 59th quadrennial presidential election. Voters will select presidential electors who in turn will vote on December 14, 2020, to either elect a new President and Vice President or re-elect the incumbents Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence respectively.
The word for the week was “sagacity”—it was a word-search that my mother would teach us. Word Search is a game composed of the letters of words formatted in a grid. It means to use wisdom, describing someone who is wise and insightful like an advisor to the President or a Supreme Court justice. Someone who seeks knowledge can also be described as being sagacious.
It’s been my heart to learn more about this presidential process. Traditionally, there runs a series of primary elections and caucuses scheduled from February through August. This nominating process is an indirect election, where voters can cast ballots selecting a slate of delegates to a political party’s nominating convention who then elect their party’s nominees for President and Vice President.
In the United States, a contingent election is the procedure used in presidential elections in the case where no candidate wins an absolute majority of votes in the Electoral College. A candidate must receive 270 of the 538 electoral votes to become President or Vice President. If a candidate for President fails to receive 270 votes, the House itself will choose the President from among the individuals who received the most electoral votes.
As we prepare for this upcoming United States Presidential Election, let us all consider who we believe is the best candidate for this very important elected office.
In Considering This Call
King David is described in the Hebrew Bible as the third king of the United Monarchy of Israel and Judah, becoming king after Ish-bosheth. In the Books of Samuel, David is a young shepherd who gains fame first as a musician and later, by killing Goliath.
And then it happened, “One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing…” (see 2 Samuel 11:2).
God wants us to understand the magnitude of His mighty power that saved us and exalted Christ over all, so that we will properly represent Him on Earth.
2 Corinthians 5:16-17 says that when we trust in Christ’s saving work, we become a new creation. The sins of one’s past are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. In Christ, our sins are both forgiven and forgotten.
An Everlasting Covenant
In David’s own words, according to the New Living Translation in the second Book of Samuel, chapter 23:3-4, “The one who rules righteously, who rules in the fear of God, is like the light of morning at sunrise, like a morning without clouds, like the gleaming of the sun on new grass after rain.”
Verse 5 says, “Is it not my family God has chosen? Yes, he has made an everlasting covenant with me. His agreement is arranged and guaranteed in every detail. He will ensure my safety and success.”
In a recent article that I read, it was stated that about a third in the U.S. see God’s hand in these presidential elections, and even fewer say God picks winners based on policies. Since President Donald J. Trump’s election in 2016, some religious and political leaders have pondered God’s role in his own rise to power.
President Trump’s former energy secretary, Rick Perry, has said that the president is “here at this chosen time because God ordained it.” Evangelist Franklin Graham was noted saying, “God was behind the last election.”
The Path Ahead
In the earliest years of this presidency, I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t pay much mind to it. Politics, policies, none of this made any sense to me, and it simply did not gain my attention.
It’s been through my own challenges the past few years that I finally started tuning in to more worldly matters. For the longest time, I lived in my own “little world.” I was shut off from many of the opinions that surround us. Due to financial indifference, health matters, and a change in my own marital status, I’ve been paying closer attention now, and now, more than ever.
Rather than focus on myself, or on my problems, it’s been my heart to help others see what “we” can do to make a difference.
I do believe, I’m being led to “get more involved,” and I am learning a great deal through this process.
One Nation Under God
Like so many others, I’ve been living my own life, keeping my opinions to myself. Politics was not “my thing,” even though my right to vote was given to me since early adulthood. I realize now how important it is that we allow our voices to be heard. There can’t be change, if we don’t learn to speak up, taking the necessary steps in making these changes.
Choosing a leader to lead this nation is an important process that we should all be involved in. The Bible says that we are to choose for ourselves who we will follow, and a man after God’s own heart is who we should want in-office.
This is an unprecedented time for the world to come together, bringing reconciliation and unity like never before. We, as Christians, have the opportunity to unite, joining nations all across the globe. Choosing a leader who is willing to work with other leaders, is vitally important. We must pray for our President, and the other elected officials called to manage this presidential-office.
Who we vote for today, will indeed affect our tomorrow. And though my understanding has not much improved, when it comes to these everyday office-politics, I do know that the Bible is clear… We are still called to honor the authorities of the land.
May we all consider “God’s best” for this upcoming election.
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