This year's presidential election has left many of us feeling hopeless and outraged. After watching the last debate, I could see how those feelings could be heightened even more. We have two candidates who have a record of being deceptive and untrustworthy. From missing classified e-mails to degrading women, where do we turn?

As a woman who has endured both sexual and verbal abuse, I am greatly offended by Trump's comments. They are offensive and repulsive. I will NEVER excuse his behavior; it is inexcusable. But, it is forgivable. I believe he has MUCH to learn and a great amount of deep soul searching to do, but I do accept his apology. Although most of us would NEVER say such shameful things, we all have made comments that if aired today, would make us want to hide under a rock and die. Again, in no shape or form am I excusing his behavior. I have personally seen Trump reach out to many Godly men for counsel, and although that isn't saying much, it is a great start and it gives me hope. Proverbs 12:15 says, "He who seeks counsel is wise." 
It is extremely hard to reconcile choosing a president while honoring my faith in this election. However, as a friend of mine said, "God can do more with a Samson than He can with a Jezebel."

 

Regardless of personalities, or political correctness, I can never condone the shedding of innocent blood. I must stand up for life. I must stand up for religious freedom and the protection of God's image. I must make my voice count.

When all is said and done, my trust and hope is found in ONE, His name is Jesus. He is not shaken by this. He is not moved by this. In fact, I believe this sets up the stage for all of us to turn our eyes towards the only one who can restore our nation again.

God is sovereign. "He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning" -Daniel 2:21.

No matter what happens in this election, we must remember that the most important thing is our own personal relationship with Jesus Christ and how we are a light within the world amongst our kings, rulers, and presidents.

Being a light means that we pray more than we complain. We bless more than we curse. We speak life, not death. And we hold on to the promise that God is still on the throne and He is still in control.

Janet Boynes