Who Can We Trust?

The election is creeping up faster and faster.  Many of the ads and articles about the election revolve around who we can trust.  Can we trust what Obama tells us?  What about Romney?  People argue back and forth.  Debates ensue not only between candidates but inevitably between friends, co-workers, and so on.  Everyone has their own opinion.  When it reaches this point in election season I begin to think about how divided we become.  Despite wavering statistics, America seems to be split in half over Obama vs. Romney.  But the fact of the matter is: only one will win.

I certainly understand people becoming passionate about their choice for President.  As Americans, we should become involved in the election.  I myself know who I plan on voting for and I will support my decision because of the values that I hold as a Catholic.  We need to hold tight to our values and support candidates who support those values.  But when the election is over, half of America will be disappointed.

As Christians, we are called to love everyone.  We are called to recognize the face of Christ in all everyone we come into contact with.  How do we display our Christian values as we promote our candidates and prepare for the election?  Are we truly praying for guidance and for God’s will in our next President?  Or are we so busy promoting one person that we forget to pray about it?  When discussions and debates arise over hot topic issues, do we calmly state our opinions and truly strive to educate the other person?  Or are we so busy slamming those with opposing opinions that we come across rude and angry?  Do we hold hatred or contempt for the other person?  Or do we pray for them?

After the election, we will have four years with the winner as our President.  And while half of America will be thrilled, do we really want the other half to be miserable and hateful? Of course not!  While it is important to fight for your beliefs, we need to keep things into perspective.  We are called to be in the world, but not of the world.  Becoming involved in the election certainly places us “in” the world.  But we know that this world is only a small part of our existence with God.  God created each one of us at the moment of conception and when we leave this world, we will be able to spend eternity with Him and all His heavenly angels and all the saints in a place far more glorious, beautiful, and peaceful than we can even imagine.   And that is what truly is important.

Will we be able to trust Obama if he is re-elected?  Can we trust Romney to lead us and remain strong in his values if he wins?  We don’t know.  But we have a leader far more powerful who we can trust in every situation and that is our God.  Regardless of who wins this election, He is still in charge.  We can trust Him to always care for us, to always be there, and to always guide us to do the right thing. 

As we near election day, I hope that we will all remember to pray for guidance as we go into the polls.  To pray that God will watch over us and our country whatever the results may be.  To pray for both candidates, that they may be open to God’s will.   And once the election is over, to pray that those who did not win will remember that although their choice for a leader here in America may not have won, God is ruler above all and with Him on our side, we have nothing to fear.  This is only one election.  Win or lose, we have a greater victory to look forward to in Heaven by following and promoting the One True Ruler and Leader of all nations.  In God alone should we place all our trust.

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11 thoughts on “Who Can We Trust?

  1. SR October 11, 2012 at 8:34 pm Reply

    This is one of the best post I have read regarding the election. I hate that “Catholics” are so divided as well as the whole nation. I know God places all leaders in all nations for His purpose and will alone. Sometimes those leaders go against everything we believe in, but it is to turn the nation back to Him. I as well am voting for the candidate who comes as near to what I believe as he can. I also know who I am not voting for.

    Whatever the outcome as you say, “In God alone should we place all our trust!” Good post and God Bless, SR

  2. csfireprvd32411 October 11, 2012 at 9:29 pm Reply

    Thank you for writing this!! It is more important for us as Christians to seek the Father’s will first, and this election will fall into its proper place. What was done on Golgotha’s hill rent the veil in the temple and snatched the enemy’s hand off of the people of God (and the dying, sin-sick world in which we abide). I applaud you for recognizing that many who espouse their own righteousness betray the only righteous One with hurtful and hate-filled utterances toward those they perceive as enemies. Your point about half of the country being dissatisfied with the election’s outcome is valid. I have found myself lately praying for the Father’s will for both candidates because they both belong in His hands. No one person can change the country for better or for good.However, an Almighty God can do as He promised in II Chronicles 7:14. I would prefer to ask the One Who created both men to do as He wills for the good of the nation. Imagine if everyone of us who claim to walk in His name would do the same. Imagine the effective change in the general atmosphere of our nation. In this way, we remain in the world( in these perilous times) and not of the world. Regardless of which of the two is elected, we are still called to spread the beautiful gift of the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who have not heard. Well done, and His peace to you!

    • rosesnearrunningwaters October 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope and pray, as you do, for God’s will in our next President!

  3. sacredstruggler October 11, 2012 at 9:34 pm Reply

    Excellent post. Though we know who you’re voting for, you’re uniting in your discussion. I love that!

    • rosesnearrunningwaters October 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  4. csawchuk2012 October 12, 2012 at 12:07 am Reply

    Praise God for people like you! Tonight I have been looking around for blogs run by Catholics, and I am thankful to have found yours. Your writing is wise and inspired.
    God bless you!

    • rosesnearrunningwaters October 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! God Bless!

  5. Grande Falcone October 13, 2012 at 10:35 am Reply

    Great points all! (As always!)

  6. Barbara Jenkins October 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm Reply

    You have expressed my feelings also. Thank you! Praying for God’s will. Shared your blog on facebook. Came across it, looking for something thought provoking to post regarding the election.

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