As I write this there are just a few days before the presidential election. Polls seem to indicate that Senator Obama holds a lead over Senator McCain. Political commentators are saying that it is all over for McCain and that Obama will be our next president.

I personally have never placed much faith in polls. When I was in college, I took a class on Statistics. We learned how poll questions can be “loaded” in such a way as to produce a desired result. Also how the numbers can be “interpreted” by statisticans to show a desired result. There is an old joke- An engineer, a physicist, and a statistician were moose hunting. After a short walk through the marshes they spotted a HUGE moose 150 yards away. The engineer raised his gun and fired at the moose. A puff of dust showed that the bullet landed 3 yards to the right of the moose. The physicist, realizing that there was a substantial breeze that the engineer did not account for, aimed to the left of the moose and fired. The bullet landed 3 yards to the left of the moose. The statistician jumped up and down and screamed “We got him! We got him!”

Let me leave you with seven things that should NOT determine who you vote for as President:

1. Don’t vote for them based on the color of their skin. Vote for them based on the color of their character.

2. Don’t vote for them just because the promise “change”. Politicians have been promising “change” since day one. Most politicians put YOUR “change” in THEIR pockets.

3. Don’t vote for them based on how the economy is doing. Presidents actually have almost NO influence on the economy. The Congress really passes the laws, or fails to pass the laws, that will determine how our economy does.

4. Don’t vote on them based on what they promise to do with Medicare or Social Security. Let’s be honest- and face the fact that taking from the “rich” to give to the “poor” only makes politicians rich.

5. Don”t vote for them just because they do well in debates. “Debates” are nothing more than political “Beauty Contests”.

6. Don’t vote for them based on their political affiliation. No political party has all the answers.

7. Don’t vote for them because they have the most money to spend. Investigate for yourself where their money is coming from!

Three more things-

1. If you are a Christian, you should remember that you will give an answer to God someday for how you vote- or even IF you vote. To vote is a right- but it comes with the responsibility to vote wisely and in a God-honoring way.

2. Christians are COMMANDED to pray for their governmental leaders- whether they like them or not (1 Timothy 2:1-4). We must pray for our next president whether we like him or not.

3. Regardless of who wins the presidential election, God is still on the throne!