I read an article that pitted one political official against another. Both are seeking the same office. Both officials have failed the people on this particular issue, but neither are completely responsible. However, that’s not what you hear in the advertising. You can see the devil at work in this. His signature is all over the advertising of candidates, and his most useful tool is his lies. He stirs up strife and hatred among people, and causes bickering and fighting. If you do any amount of research on a particular candidate you will find that what is advertised is only partial truth, and is completely unrecognizable from the whole truth. His goal is to keep us at odds with one another, so we believe the lies. We want to believe the lies because it makes it easier for us to choose a candidate, and we want them to give us our desires. That is the key! We want them to give us our desires! It’s all self serving. We don’t even ask God, because what we want is for our own earthly pleasure. When we do ask, our motives are all wrong, and He doesn’t give us what we want. Submit yourself to God and resist the devil and his lies. When voting, ask God to give you sound judgment so that you follow His desires.
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. James 4:1-3