The election is finally over, and for most of us it is a welcome relief. Electing the president has been a long and painful process for both candidates, not to mention the American people. Both candidates spent millions of dollars in TV ads, usually aimed against their opponent trying to show how different they are.
But are the candidates really all that opposite? Are the two parties really on different sides? Or could it be that they are both on the wrong side?
America was founded on the hope of liberty. The famous words “We the people …” from the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution set the tone of what the founders had in mind, namely a government that would answer to its citizens. It would be the citizens, and not a king, who would decide the course the country would take by electing a president. Many believe the form of government adopted by the United States of America has proven to be the best that human beings can come up with. But is it really the best form of government?
There is no doubt that the men who have resided in the White House, as well-intentioned as they may be, are fallible human beings. The president represents the citizenry, and we citizens are fallible as well. We can’t help ourselves; we are imperfect human beings. By extension, the government we have built suffers from the shortcomings of its builders. However, the difference between common folks and the president of the United States is that mistakes made at that presidential level can have lasting consequences for the whole country.
Now that President Obama has been reelected, we should all pray that he will make wise and proper choices, that he will lead the nation towards better days. It should also be said that we should not be surprised, even with the best of intentions, that mistakes will be made. It is not possible for a human being to know the future, to see the end from the beginning. We should not marvel when our president sets us on a course that may seem right at the time only to have the ship of state run aground. It’s only logical to question whether we, being such imperfect people, are the best qualified to choose the leader of the most powerful nation on earth. Is the fallible electing the fallible the best government possible?
Frankly, it really doesn’t need to be this way. God has given humanity the option of running our own affairs without His help or intervention … and that’s the choice all nations have made. Here in the U.S., we have willfully banned His name from our public places. We have removed His rules of life, the 10 Commandments, and replaced them with what seems right in our own eyes.
Like all other nations, we have rejected His perfect and loving leadership. Instead, we choose someone like us, an imperfect leader, who we hope will lead us to real happiness. We are governed by human leadership, limited by human leadership; and we suffer from human leadership.
Four years from now, we will go through this frustrating exercise all over again. But there are those who are looking past that, looking forward to the time coming when we will have perfect leadership. Leadership that is capable of producing lasting peace and lasting happiness not only for America but also for the entire world.
God, without the consent of the people, has appointed His Son as governmental head of a soon-coming kingdom called the Kingdom of God! He, and He alone, is capable of leading all nations, including America, to a true and lasting life of liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Change IS coming. We encourage you to open your Bible and start exploring the unlimited potential of citizenship under the coming administration of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
For Life Hope & Truth, I’m Britton Taylor.