Don’t worry, I’m not going to go on a megalomaniacal rant about how I can’t stomach any of the candidates. This post would be longer than Tolstoy’s War and Peace if I did that.
As I watch the debates (yes, both the GOP and the Dem debates), read articles online and listen in on conversations about the candidates among my family and friends, there is a theme that strikes me. Mr. Trump continuously promises to “Make America great again,” while Mr. Sanders swears to hold big corporations responsible. Miss Clinton vows to uphold the rights of women and other minority groups, while Mr. Cruz pledges to protect religious liberty.
What do these four people have in common? They promise to be a savior in some capacity.
Even in our secular society, the concept of a savior still appeals and rings true for many people. While the savior complex has always been prevalent in past presidential elections, the idea of electing a man (or woman) who can “save our country” from the path we are currently on is especially strong during this presidential season. If you talk to a supporter of Mr. Trump, Miss Clinton, Mr. Cruz or Mr. Sanders, there is definitely a sense that they truly believe in their candidate’s ability to save our land.
During this past Lenten season, I found myself really pondering Jesus’ sacrificial offering and its meaning. By His death and resurrection, He redeemed humanity and paved a way for us to obtain Heaven. Our Risen King stripped the prince of darkness of his hold over mankind and gave us a lifeboat.
The idea that a single presidential candidate can bring about salvation of any kind does in fact benefit someone; a particular entity whose goal it is to keep our attention off of the True Savior.
I truly believe that Satan uses political rhetoric to his advantage, to take people’s eyes off the state of their own souls and keep them distracted with the state of the political climate.
I am in no way telling you to not vote. I am not trying to discourage you from participating in the political process. What I am saying is that a politician can only impose legislation, not salvation. A president can improve the economy, but not shield us from Hellfire. Presidents come and go, but Jesus is the One who stands between us and the deception of the evil one.
Stand by a candidate if you wish, but keep your eyes to Jesus always.
Saint John Vianney, pray for us.