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  "ELECTION 2020"
by Dalton Key
for the week of September 20, 2020

John Adams once commented, “No man who ever held the office of President would congratulate a friend on obtaining it.”  Andrew Jackson described the presidency as “dignified slavery.”  Martin Van Buren called it “toilsome and anxious probation.” 

Past presidential races have been mixtures of humor and intrigue – and at times, apathy.  Grover Cleveland ran against Benjamin Harrison in 1892.  The entire affair was lackluster and stale; few people showed much interest, one way or the other.  One pundit wryly commented, “Each side would have been glad to defeat the other if it could do so without electing its own candidate.” 

Zachary Taylor well known for his frugality, refused to pay the few cents postage due on the letter notifying him of his presidential nomination.  With a similar dash of economy, Calvin Coolidge was elected President using the unusual slogan, “Use it up; wear it out; make it do; do without.”  One wonders how well such a slogan would fare in today’s world of high living and easy credit. 

But the past is the past.  Times change and so do national leaders.  Whether the upcoming election will bring with it a change in Presidents remains to be seen – but the next few weeks will tell the tale.  These are important, history-making times.

The church, “not of this world,” in the words of Christ, backs no party, bolsters no political platform, and officially supports no candidate.  But we, as Christians and citizens, do have a responsibility.  We must apply biblical principles to political agendas.  The direction we choose will determine our destiny as people.  Proverbs 14:34 still reads as it always has:  “Righteousness exalts a nation:  but sin is a reproach to any people. 

We must cast our votes thoughtfully, conscientiously, and with an eye to the future.  The timeless truths of God’s Word must serve as foundation and framing to our decisions.  As lights for Christ in a sin-darkened world, we must do all we can to bring our nation back to God. 

And above all, may we remember that long after the speech-making and vote-casting are over, regardless what outcome the election brings, “there is no power but of God:  the powers that be are ordained of God.”  (Romans 13:1.)