Friday, December 16, 2011

Thoughts on the Republican Presidential Primary

Last night was the final debate for Republican Presidential primary before voting begins in the Iowa caucuses. Anyone following the race is probably aware of the frustrating confusion among Evangelical voters who have yet to find a favorite candidate. I feel the anxiety keenly. Despite having up to eight at one time to choose from, no one has the “it” factor for me; no one is the complete package. As a friend of mine says, 'no one has won my heart yet.' As things have developed from debate to debate, my hope for finding my ideal candidate has waned.

Four years ago I did have an ideal candidate; someone I could believe in and promote whole-heartedly. So I did, to the point that my older, wiser friends were concerned I would be crushed if he lost. But thanks to wise parents, and an even wiser and kinder God, the experience left me inspired to continue working, rather than give it up altogether. So now I come to the race without a horse. Most of my friends outside the beltway are cynical and despairing about our options for the Republican nomination. We have not found the next Ronald Reagan, and some aspects our country seem so bad that there is doubt even Reagan himself could fix them.

Think about this mindset. We're struggling as a nation, and who do we expect to save us? We're looking for a leader, for “the one”... in short, we're looking for a human messiah, a superman or woman. But wait – we already have a Savior! We don't need another messiah, nor will we ever find one in any man or woman. Isn't that what the liberal voters thought they had found in Obama four years ago? Statistics would indicate that even they are now realizing our President is not all they hoped him to be. We can smirk 'I told you so,' but are we not in danger of committing the same ignorance of misplaced hope for change?

Our country's motto is “In God We Trust,” and so it should always be. Perhaps now is the time to reconsider what we need in a president, and what should be acknowledged as only God's prerogative. As bleak as some things may appear, there are many battles that remain far from lost. Much is at stake in this election, from Supreme Court nominations to the looming health care monstrosity. We can work to remain a beacon for freedom and goodness in the world, or fade away into the abyss of relativism and apathy. Ultimately, what hangs in the balance is the future of America, and even the world. But no single person can bear responsibility for that which is solely in the hands of God. Perhaps our lack of individual leadership is exactly what will drive us to where we most need to be: on our knees before God, placing our hope in him alone, asking whom he would have us choose as a leader. May we never forget the responsibility we bear in voting is to our Creator who endowed us with this right in the first place.

America has had better presidents than the candidates we are offered in 2012. But no president has ever approached perfection, nor could one ever. It was not a single person that led the American people in our war for independence. Before George Washington, there was the Great Awakening – a movement that swept across America, inspiring people to live in the liberty Christ died to grant us. We became One Nation Under God, and so we should remain. These are our roots that we must return to; our foundation that we must unearth from the overgrown mound formed by years of pride and forgetfulness. We owe our greatness and success to no man, but God's blessing. So may God continue to bless America, and may Americans ever place our hope and trust in Him who truly saves.

Post Written By Grace Tate