We hear it every four years, and sometimes every two years: “This is the most important election in our lifetime! We need to get out and vote.” Are we exaggerating? Are we working ourselves into a frenzy when nothing really changes? Are we putting too much stock in politics? Yes and no.
On the one hand, politics is not the gospel and the president is not the Messiah. That means that there’s only so much our elected officials can do.
The soul of our nation cannot be transformed by politics alone. The spirituality of our nation cannot be shaped by politics alone. The hope of our nation cannot be birthed by politics alone.
On the other hand, America was heading in one distinct direction under President Obama, and it’s heading in a distinctly different direction under President Trump. (I’m speaking here in general terms, of course. And whether you’re pro-Obama or pro-Trump, I would think you’d agree with my statement.)
In that sense, you better believe that politics matters. You better believe that these elections are important. You better believe that our votes make a difference.