Full disclosure (not that you couldn't have guessed), I'm pretty conservative when it comes to politics. There are many reasons for this, reasons ranging from the tenets of my faith to my family upbringing, some of them probably more well thought out than others. This being said, I don't put too much hope in politicians from either party; they give plenty of promises and often fail to deliver. Nevertheless, I usually end up closely observing presidential races with a pessimistic optimism, a fixation not unlike one's effort to win a lack-luster prize from a claw-machine.
This presidential election cycle, I find myself presented by an array of lackluster prizes.
Ever since the blunderous burnout of Herman Cain back in the 2012 election, I have refrained from making public my political opinions on specific candidates. A few of my personal friends and family know my specific leanings, but even with them I am more ginger and tentative than in the past. The temptation to tout is strong, but I try to resist.
I do this, because I don't know everything. I don't know what some candidate is going to say next or what will be revealed about them, and I'm not about to take their shortcomings upon myself (I have enough of my own). I also don't know what perceptions those around me have about a candidate, whether they be right or wrong, and how my support or criticism of that candidate might make me appear to be. I don't want a misperception to get in the way of sharing the Gospel.
So if I can't persuade and can't campaign, all I can do is pray. This is my prayer:
Thank you for the liberty you have given us in this nation to have a voice in electing our leaders. It is a great privilege and an even greater responsibility. I pray that you would give me the wisdom to cast my vote for the candidate who will act righteously, justly, and who will lead our nation and world toward peace. I confess that I don't know everything. I trust that when evil happens you have the power to work it towards your good purposes. I desire that we should know peace and justice today, but I also know that we will never know those things fully until Christ returns and God becomes all in all. I trust that if our nation is led into greater injustice, division, and unrighteousness, it is so that the lies we tell ourselves will be shown for what they are and that Your Truth can be revealed to our world.
In all things, help the Church be Your witness to that Truth.
Help us to love those who attack us. Help us to be humble and meek in our political stances. Help us to be sensitive to the dignity of all people, old and unborn, rich and poor, legal and illegal. Help us to think carefully about how our public support of candidates might affect how non-Christians view Christ. Help us to know the difference between what is "American" and what is "Christian" and when we might start confusing the two.
Whatever comes of this election, help us to see Christ as our only real hope.
In name of the Lord Jesus Christ,
In the power of the Holy Spirit,