The finish line is in sight―November 8th―it’ll all be over but the cryin’. No matter who’s elected―Trump or Clinton―a new round of complaints and “I told-you-sos” can begin on November 9th. Principled critics will assume their lofty positions while they wait for the next round in four years, in which case they will, no doubt, point out that we’re left with nothing but a choice between two evils and an obscure third-party good guy. But we’ll sleep well, knowing that we didn’t make a deal with the devil, and sleep we will. We won’t bother with all those local races or off-year elections. (What is a “Railroad Commissioner” anyway?). We want the gold medal or nothing. We’re too big for the little stuff. If we can’t close the Federal Reserve now, then let the presses roll. If we can’t save all the babies then we won’t save any of them. It doesn’t matter who appoints the judges or who is appointed “Czar.” They’re all just alike…evil politicians! It’s a matter of principle.

Political discourse is often tense, especially among friends. There’s a good reason for this: religion and politics always engender passion because they’re the two most important subjects we can discuss. The solution is not to bar the topics but to remember to show respect for one another as we wrestle with them. We all have much to learn and we won’t all be at the same place at the same time. My own political (and religious) views have evolved over time and I recognize that God is at work in all His people as we move along. I’m sure I still have things to learn.

The most important thing I’ve learned to date is to never pin my hopes on a politician or the political process. They’re both imperfect and messy and they both tend to disappoint. [Note: I’m genuinely thankful for our country and for the many faithful leaders that we have now and have had in the past.] What ultimately keeps me going is the fact that I’ve never been disappointed in the King of kings. Regardless of the outcome of this election, He still reigns and will accomplish all of His purposes. Edwin Friedman wrote that

…many before us have thought the future was hopeless and have been tempted to despair. For example, The Nuremberg Chronicle of 1493 describes Europe as depressed. Published in one of medieval Germany’s most important centers of learning and innovation, the Chronicle epitomizes its era. On the one hand, pioneering with the new, innovative hardware of movable type, it faithfully reproduced engraved portraits of the major cities of Europe and the Holy Land. On the other hand, it described a civilization with little vision or hope. Referring to what they called “the calamity of our time,” the publishers actually left several pages blank so that readers could record “the rest of the events until the end of the world.” [Edwin Friedman, A Failure of Nerve, p. 29.]

Five hundred twenty three years later, here we are. God loves to surprise us.

I do hope you will vote against the greater of two evils since to not do so would help give us more evil. I have had a difficult time reaching a conclusion this time around. Voting for Trump gives me the willies. So, I plan on voting a strait Republican ticket. I know the effect is the same, but it makes me feel slightly better about it. If your conscience will not allow you to vote the way I would like, you’re still my friend and I hope I’m still yours as well. No matter who wins, we will share many disappointments in the days ahead but we will not despair. Real hope and change are in the hands of our God and He shall preserve His people as He always has.