Am I the only one who is tired of the political commercials incessantly playing on television and radio? Don’t get me wrong, I recognize that the quickest and most effective way to get information across is advertising, but it has gotten to the point – for me – that enough is enough. “Vote this way, don’t vote that way, this candidate is the best, this candidate is the worst.” I long for November 7 when the airwaves will be no longer filled with these political spots and will go back to regular programming – telling my kids what they should want for Christmas.
What I find so disheartening about most political commercials (and I suppose commercials in general) is the practice of half-truth telling. If there is one statement that a candidate has made, cogently or not, that suits a party’s agenda it will be part of an ad, whether or not it represents the candidate’s general stance on a given issue. Strategies for winning elections no longer rely upon where one stands on the issues but upon the semantics one can use to elevate or discredit that stance. Most of the electorate doesn’t take the time or have the temperament to research the issues and simply rely on the infomercials called ‘debates’ and the ads on television.
As a pastor, I desire that all people know the truth.
Truth #1: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. No matter which candidate you vote for and who is elected, they will be imperfect and marred by sin. No candidate will keep all the promises of the campaign. No candidate will perfectly execute their elected position.
Truth #2: God is always sovereign. All authority and every elected position is ultimately given by God – for blessing His creation, judging His creation, or accomplishing both simultaneously. There will be no October surprise or November 7 shockers in heaven. The man or woman of God’s allowance will be sworn in.
Truth #3: We are called to do everything for the glory of God. Our work matters to God. Our leisure matters to God. Our vote matters to God. We are stewards of every precious gift with which the Father blesses us, and our votes are some of those gifts. This demands that we know a) what values we seek to reinforce through our elected officials, and b) where the candidates stand with regard to these values.
Truth #4: No matter what may happen on November 6 – whether your candidate wins or your initiative is successful – God still has a perfect plan for your life. Jesus descended from heaven and took on human flesh, lived and taught among His creation, suffered and died for our sin, rose again on the third day and ascended to heaven, was glorified and laden with all power and majesty. He is our King, our Prince and our Master.
No matter what the outcome of this election cycle, we will still have troubles. But take heart; He has overcome the world!