We have two very different candidates representing two very different backgrounds. One has a heavy background in government, the other in private business. Both are flawed, but both are mere mortals who are sinners as are each of us. The approached to leading the country are as different as their backgrounds. And to make the matter more difficult, the campaigns are filled with all sorts of hype and promises, largely designed to deflect your attention from their weaknesses with no legal requirement that ads or even speeches be based on truth.
So the onus is on each of us to study, determine what is true and false and reflect on what we learn as we make what could be the decision of a lifetime. Never has America been through such a strange election cycle and never have the stakes been higher.
Sadly, many of us will make decisions on a sound byte or a catchy ad without knowing anything about what the candidates really stand for. Why? Because we Americans today are often so much more concerned about day to day life issues as well as fun and entertainment that we often want to just let George do it. Cut that down to the basics and, in reality, most of us are lazy.
Making a sound decision requires time and thought. To do the right thing should involve studying both candidates and their platforms, something that a large majority just normally aren't prepared to do. Prayer is also helpful, yet the numbers who use it regularly are also down, so all bets are off on where that leads us. But it's not too late to get in the game and do the necessary preparations before voting, thereby making an intelligent, rather than a poor, choice.
Each of us needs to think about what the result will mean for our family, particularly our children and even grandchildren who will be the ultimate recipients of the end result of decisions made. They are the most vulnerable and the most impacted and they are our precious offspring. Educational prospects, job opportunities, future lifestyles and success will all be seriously impacted and with two widely divergent approaches by the candidates, we need to be very thoughtful as we make our final decision.
November 8th will be an important day with major consequences. We need to each carefully use the free will that God gave us to choose wisely after prayer and reflection. God wants us to do what's best but the decision is ours. That's where we find ourselves this day.
May God guide us and may we as a nation always deserve his blessings.