This is the most divided, the trashiest, the most insulting presidential election I’ve seen in my lifetime. It is also the most confusing. But in spite of the uncertainty that surrounds it, there are two things I know for a fact about this coming election.
1. THE FIRST IS:
Either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States of America.
I’m sure Evan McMullin is a nice guy, as is Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, and any other person not named on the ballot that you may choose to write in. All nice people. All may even have higher standards of character than the two leading candidates. But the simple fact is none of them will be president.
Whatever your motive is for voting for one of them, whether to make a moral statement, or to distance yourself from Trump or Clinton, your vote will essentially be meaningless. Whether we like it or not, at this time, in this election, we are a two-party nation. The Democrats’ candidate or the Republicans’ candidate will be the next president.
Between those two, and their respective parties, which would you prefer to rule over the country? That’s a question you should answer, because, ultimately, one of them will be your next president.
2. THE SECOND THING I KNOW FOR SURE IS:
A whole lot of your friends and mine are going to need to be forgiven when the election is over.
Some of our friends have spewed a lot of hatred on their social media sites. Our “good, Christian friends” have dived into the gutter to post rants that they have no way of knowing are true, repeated name-calling because it was catchy, and posted more slander than the National Enquirer can post in a year.
Entire passages of Scripture have been swept under the rug so that they can justify their “righteous indignation.” The Bible’s admonitions against gossip and slander, its call to “think on whatsoever things are pure, lovely, and of good report,” have gone ignored.
“People need to know,” screamed one fanatic when I questioned her vitriol against one candidate. Never mind that she was simply posting hatred and slander.
A far better approach, and a more scriptural one, would be to simply post all the “good reports” on your favored candidate.
But not this year. From the mainstream media to the private rants of our friends, there is nothing good being said. And, in a few weeks, President Hillary Clinton or President Donald Trump will lead this nation for the next four years.
If your favored candidate wins, but your friends’ favored candidate does not, I’m afraid the vitriolic expressions won’t be ending just because the election is over. Those who spew hatred now will continue to spew it then.
And you and I are going to have to have a lot of forgiveness and grace.
That’s the sum total of what I know about the coming election. One of two people is going to be the next president. And we’re going to need to forgive a lot of angry people when he or she is.

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