It was election night 2000, the first presidential election I really paid a lot of attention to. The stakes were high. Supreme Court justices, massive contrasting governing philosophies, differing economic visions, major stark policy differences on issues I cared a lot about as a Christian, and two very different directions the country could embark upon as we entered a new century.
I stayed up late following the results as they came in, and in the middle of the night, major news outlets announced that George W. Bush was the next President of the United States, and I finally went to bed. I will never forget how surreal it was waking up to find out that declaring the election over proved to be premature.
What followed was what felt like something out of a fictional political thriller from James Patterson or Vince Flynn, with the post-election drama ending only with a divided U.S. Supreme Court declaring the winner over a month after Election Day.
Today, 20 years later, our fractured, highly polarized and divided country is about to go through what could be the most agonizing election process we have ever had in modern times. The stakes are high as before, many would say higher; the candidate choices couldn’t be more apart in vision, style and policy. I’ve never seen this level of intensity and animosity this great over a political election, between neighbors, friends, and family and even among fellow evangelical Christians, and it truly breaks my heart to watch.
And yet, I would put forward humbly that as I survey the tearing apart of the fabric of our society: the brokenness, the division, hatred, selfishness, unrest, fear, economic pain, erosion of morality and decency, it is clear that regardless of whether you choose to vote for President Donald Trump or vote for Joe Biden to be president, the name that will not be on the ballot that we really need is Jesus Christ.