Does It Matter Who Wins?

It’s election day. Does it matter who wins?

I remember the first time I heard someone say, “I’m not going to vote. It doesn’t matter who wins. They are all corrupt.”

I was 12 years old.

Even at age 12, that statement didn’t make sense to me. It still doesn’t.

Let’s examine the statement that “It doesn’t matter who wins.”

Think with me through history.

When God sent Samuel to anoint one of Jesse’s signs as king of Israel, it very much mattered to God. Samual looked at the oldest son and immediately assumed he was the one. He just looked like a king. But God told him that Samuel was looking on the outward. God saw in David something Samuel couldn’t see. He saw a man after God’s own heart.

Earlier the people of Israel had anointed Saul as king. In every way he looked the part. He was head and shoulders above everyone else. He had experience and charisma.

He turned out to be a disaster.

When the Egyptians practiced infanticide, God protected a baby boy by the name of Moses and sent his sister to take the child to the river in the sight of one of Pharaoh’s many daughters. Pharaoh’s daughter saw the child, heard him crying, and had compassion on him. She took him home as her very own. She knew he was a Hebrew baby, but she cared for him anyway.

Do you think it mattered which one of Pharaoh’s daughters found the child?

What about the Jews in Germany? Did it matter to them who became the leader of Germany? Could there have been any other leader better than Adolph Hitler? Even if everyone was corrupt, would there have been a better person for the Jews?

I believe in America, and I believe it is a sacred privilege to pray, discern the will of God, and vote for a leader who will change history. Leaders always change history.

Every person who governs does so from a set of principles and values. They certainly may not have all the values we want them to have, but all govern based on what they see as important.

Because of all this, it matters who wins.

It will matter for a very long time.

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3 Comments


  1. Bonnie Impastato
    Nov 08, 2016

    Thank you for writing on this today!! It is our constitutional duty, as an American, to vote!!! Even if you do not agree with some of their values, VOTE!!! I pray for God’s guidance today.


  2. Joe
    Nov 08, 2016

    VOTE. it’s your right, it’s your country, it’s your and your children’s future and it DOES make a difference. MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA.


  3. Tissie Gibson
    Nov 08, 2016

    PLEASE VOTE even if you feel you are voting for the lesser of two evils. Think about the direction our country is going and how we would like that to change for the sake of our children and grandchildren. Let your feelings and beliefs be known. May God continue to bless this great country.

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