“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They have bowed down and fallen, but we have risen and stand upright.” Psalm 20:7-8 NKJV

A presidential election year comes with much excitement and anticipation. This year proves to be no different. More people vote in presidential elections than in off-year elections. And this year there is an added incentive for black voters because of the nomination of the first black woman nominee in the person of Senator Kamala Harris as Vice President on the Democratic ticket with former Vice President Joe Biden. Black women are excited, and they are the party’s most loyal demographic base. They have been called the “backbone” of the party.

There is a concern however with black male voters. There is talk of apathy and lack of trust among black men. Some brothers are thinking about not voting at all. With all the hoopla over Harris, some are asking: “What about us?” Black men have been criminalized, killed, objectified, and stereotyped by society, and many feel left out by politicians and platforms. Trust is lacking because nothing seems to change.

Brothers, I feel you, but I do not give up. You cannot put all your trust in politics or politicians. Your ultimate trust must be in God. Men will let you down if you put all your trust in them. Plus, those who are elected to office must work with and against others who also have been elected. No one person can change everything. You should vote, then make sure you hold those elected accountable.

Brothers, your vote is needed. Your concern has reached those in power. The way to be heard and considered is to exercise the precious right of voting.

Prayer: God, you know the disappointment black men have face and the feeling of apathy that exists when it comes to voting. Put a spark within them to participate in this democracy and let them see the difference they can make. Teach them to ultimately put their trust only in You.

Amen. © 2020 Dr. John Ogletree – Houston, TX