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Truth, not hype.


Candidates have to convince voters that they will represent them. That's the occasion for all of the political wizardry and campaign hype so visible today. The campaign marketing people have to sell their candidate over all the others. They will spend billions this year to influence our vote. My conservative Christian worldview resists most of the hype. Truth presses my hot buttons. Show me some truth rather than the spin.


So, give some thought to a little truth---


Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint

them as your heads.

Deuteronomy 1: 13, ESV


Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his

heritage!

Psalm 33: 12, ESV


Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all

your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3: 5-6, ESV


Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

Proverbs 14: 34, ESV


When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people

groan.

Proverbs 29: 2, ESV


Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,

that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable

and perfect.

Romans 12: 2, ESV


If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without

reproach, and it will be given him.

James 1: 5, ESV


No, there are no party or candidate specifics in these Bible verses. They are truth given to provide divine guidance in our decision making. The on-the-air assault by political foes merely give us popular spin about their candidates. In all honesty, they usually make me laugh. Two Democratic candidates for Washington office representing South Carolina gave me a real giggle last night. Both are political children of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one of the most vile and explosive Congress persons in history. They downplayed her influence and their party affiliation. They both say they will represent the people of South Carolina. Hype contested by the truth of their political identity.


Few of us deny the significance of election 2020. Many of us will be swayed by the marketing pizzazz the candidate handlers have created. This Christian worldview that so many of us share should be our path around all the hype to the truth of what is best for our nation. In this election, perhaps more than any other in history, our choices are sharply conflicted, the party candidates representing starkly opposite visions of America. Our votes will determine if we remain One Nation Under God, or if continue to declare In God We Trust as a national theme.


We must be guided by truth, and not hype.

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