An Unlikely Candidate

relaxation-1149227_960_720.jpg Please note: This blog post in no way is meant to persuade you to vote for a specific candidate. I will not be revealing who I voted for or why I voted for them. Do not go into this like it's another one of those political campaign commercials. No one likes those, including myself, and this post is far from anything like that. With all that being said, enjoy and God bless!

I've seen so many harsh comments, posts, status updates - it's all over and it's not hard to find. Everyone out there has their reasons why they've chosen a specific candidate and unfortunately it has caused broken relationships, harsh words, and hate all across the board.

We feel the need to convince one another why we should definitely not vote for so and so. Lying, cheating, sexual assault, language, anger, hate, racism, baby killer, manipulation, and betrayal to our country are just some of the words and phrases flying around both candidates this election.

It's sad. It's frustrating. And it sucks.

But, something has come to mind lately that I feel the Lord wants me to share. I'd like you all to take a look at the four fake candidates below and just imagine what it would be like if they were the ones on the ballot this year. Think hard because at the end you have to vote for one!

Here it goes...

Candidate One is an alcoholic. It is so bad that he was reportedly found passed out and naked. His family had to hide him before the paparazzi could snap a photo.

Candidate Two is a liar and a cheat. He stole from his own family and got away with it. He's deceptive, manipulative, and disloyal to the point of betraying his own brother.

Candidate Three is an adulterer and murderer. He slept with someone's wife, got her pregnant, tried to cover it up by convincing the husband to sleep with her (that way he thinks the baby is his own), and when that doesn't work sends the husband off to war hoping that he dies and never find out.

Candidate Four is a racist. He publicly assaults (verbally and physically) one particular group of individuals. He threatens to murder them and does everything he can to get them thrown into prison.

Are you excited to vote for one of these people? If you had to choose, who would it be? I can tell you right now, I would not be excited to vote and I wouldn't even know where to start.

I know some of these examples are crazy, but if you haven't caught on already these aren't completely made up. These four "fake candidates" never actually ran for an election, but they did really exist and they did really commit these acts.

All four of these people are written about in the Bible. Noah was a drunk (Genesis 9:20-23), Jacob was a liar (Genesis 27:18-21), David was an adulterer and a murderer (2 Samuel 11), and Paul was a Christian hater and killer (Acts 8:3, Acts 9:1-1).

But, the craziest part of all this is that God still loved them, had mercy on them, poured grace over them, and used them for His purposes. Noah was considered "blameless in his [evil] generation" (Genesis 6:9) and was asked to build a boat to save humanity. Jacob was commended for his faith (Hebrews 11) and was part of the lineage of Abraham, whom God promised would be great. David was made king and was considered to be a "man after [God's] own heart...who will do all [God's] will" (Acts 13:22). And Paul became one of the greatest evangelists to spread the gospel of Jesus (Acts 9).

All these horrible, icky, sinful men were plucked out of the human race and set apart by God. They were used in God's plan and loved by Him.

Sometimes God picks the worst of us to display the best of Himself.

I can only imagine if these men were actually put on the ballot - their lives picked and prodded through, every mistake ever made being publicly announced for all to hear and judge. I know I wouldn't stand a chance with all of the sins I've committed in the past and I bet they wouldn't either.

I can picture the articles now...

"Why you can't be a Christian and vote for David."

"Thirty reasons not to vote for Paul".

We Christians would carry heavy burdens and sad hearts, as we have during this election, confused at who to vote for and horrified by the only options we have.

We would pray and plead with God, wondering why He hasn't showed up, angry that we have to pick one, and maybe never feeling confident or proud of who we ended up choosing.

I want to encourage you all. God is God and we are not. His ways and thoughts are not our ways and thoughts (Isaiah 55:8), and we may never understand it, but we can still have peace. The world will continue to be filled with craziness, but we can still rest in the fact that God is sovereign and trustworthy.

I hope that we can all - regardless of who we've voted for and regardless of who becomes president - come to a place of love and understanding. I hope that we can all keep our eyes fixed on our Heavenly Father instead of glaring at one another. I hope that we can all stand boldly in our faith and trust the one who knows all and promises to work everything together for our good (Romans 8:28).

Tonight let's remember those four men, who did some incredibly horrible things, embarrassing things, shameful things, and remember how God ended up using them for the good.

Father, tonight is in your hands. We trust that no matter who wins, You are still the one on the throne. Let us rest in that fact, trusting your plans and your goodness. Keep us protected from the enemy and any doubt or fear he tries to throw our way. Instead help our eyes to be fixed on you and our hearts to have peace. We love you Lord. Amen.