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.