Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. Ecclesiastes 7:20
Just about every day Pam and I seem to get a phone call being made by a pollster.
They want to find out our opinions on automobiles, beer, breakfast cereals, banks, television programs, and toothpaste. In recent weeks they have also asked about our views on political candidates and any issues that might cause us to vote one way or another.
We seldom answer their questions. That's because they usually call at supper time. They do that because they know that's the best time to catch us at home. Sadly, they don't realize how much Pam and I dislike seeing our dinners grow cold because we're answering questions to which a good candidate should already have the answers.
Now that doesn't mean we don't like the products that pollsters produce. We do.
For example, recently the Reuters News Service shared that 20 percent of born-again Christians are not planning to vote for anyone now that the election looks like it is going to be between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump.
In the minds and hearts of many of these believers, both candidates have fallen far short of what they are looking for in a national leader. They want to see someone sit in the Oval Office who is an exemplary human being, citizen, family person, and leader and until that person comes forward, these believers are going to withhold their endorsement and vote.
Now it is not the purpose of a Daily Devotion to endorse a candidate -- any candidate.
That being said, we also need to recognize there has only been one perfect Person in this world and that individual was Jesus Christ. Not surprisingly, He was dedicated to the Father's job of offering Himself as the ransom price for humanity's forgiveness and salvation. There is nothing to indicate that Jesus ever had any aspirations for the presidency. In fact, when the devil offered the Redeemer rulership over the kingdoms of this world, Jesus shut the tempter down.
This leads me to ask, which person in the Bible would you run for the presidency? Abraham kept himself safe by throwing his wife under the bus. He's out. So would be Jacob who showed favoritism. Moses was a murderer; David was an adulterer.
Scripture just doesn't have that many people we would feel comfortable running for the presidency. No, we may not pick or want these rapscallions. We may not, but God did.
God called these sinners and made them into His leaders, His representatives.
Yes, they stumbled and fell, but the Lord picked them up, brushed them off, and set their feet once again on the path He wanted them to walk.
This is why this devotion does two things: it encourages you to vote for a candidate -- even if that means you are voting for the lesser of evils. Then, having voted for a fellow sinner, let us do something more important for him or her.
Let us pray for that individual too.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, may we vote for the person who can best follow Your will and wishes. This I ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries