“The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States

This coming Tuesday, November 8, 2016, is election day. Between today and Tuesday, we will continue to hear and read about each candidates’ weaknesses, character deficiencies, and moral failures. We will hear about the importance of obtaining the American dream, abortion rights, gun rights, LGBT rights, and the economy. It has been a long, and for some, painful election season where many of us are discouraged, deflated, and downright disappointed. It is easy to just give up on the whole process and not be involved with the election, or simply not honor the new president if the candidate you have voted for is not elected. As we have been reading through 1 Peter, I want to remind you that it is important to remember that our hope does not rest on the President of the United States, nor the election process, nor America. We have a “living hope” that comes from God. As it is written, “According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3b). Our hearts must be filled with “living hope” which emerges in our hearts through Jesus Christ. Brothers and sisters, let us, as it is our duty as citizens of the United States, vote for the next president, pray for our country, honor the office of president, and lastly, place our hope in God, who is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).