Our nation has begun its election process. Candidates are putting themselves forward as desirous of the office of President of the United States of America. There is a wide range of core beliefs among the candidates, though two extremes are evident overall: liberal versus conservative. It’s up to the voters to define these extremes, know the candidates and to vote for the person most representative of our beliefs.
To prepare ourselves to be informed voters, let me suggest we each read II Samuel 13-19 and I Kings 1-3. Three brothers, sons of David, wanted to replace their father as king: Absalom, Adonijah, and Solomon. You’ll see in these political characters every strategy known to be employed by ambitious people: murder, usurpation, propaganda, smears, alliances, compromises, assumptions, secret deals, grandstanding, promotions, declarations, lies, immorality, graft, promises, and in some instances, wisdom. King David, guided by God, chose Solomon as his successor. Absalom and Adonijah ruined themselves in the electoral process.
Some billions of dollars will be spent to try to persuade the voting electorate in our nation. And all of the dirty tricks that men can think up will be employed by people of low character. We would be wise to be cynical when listening to those like Absalom and Adonijah. We’ll be able to identify them if we can distinguish between foolishness and wisdom. God help as we vote.