Their God-Given Role: Election Season around the World

Aleppo, Syria. The epicenter of terroristic violence in the Middle East. Between the struggles of an ongoing civil war and an influx of refugees, the city is in an utter state of crisis. With our own nation at the ready to change leadership with this coming election season, many are looking to our presidential candidates to have answers to tough questions regarding foreign policy. According to Politico:

“Asked what he would do about the Syrian city of Aleppo, the region at the center of that nation’s civil war and refugee crisis, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson responded by asking, ‘what is Aleppo?’

‘What would you do if you were elected about Aleppo?’ MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ panelist Mike Barnicle asked the former New Mexico governor during an in-studio interview Thursday morning.”

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(Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/gary-johnson-aleppo-227873#ixzz4JflieXcc)

Now given Johnson’s isolationist policies regarding foreign affairs, it is understandable to note that he may not be completely up to date concerning what is occurring throughout the world, separate from the West. There are however, many Syrian refugees desiring to enter the US, which would absolutely make this a domestic issue. Many were shocked at his answer, and since then he has apologized for not knowing this information prior to the interview.

Jerusalem – many who await the day of the municipal elections on October 8 will have to wait a bit longer. Palestinian officials state that the elections may not begin until December. The cause of this action (or inaction) is due to the rival factions of the Israelis and Hamas. According to New York Times:

“President Mahmoud Abbas’s party, Fatah, which dominates the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, has long been at odds with its bitter rival, Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls the coastal territory of Gaza…

The Palestinians demand East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. The Israelis claim sovereignty over it as part of their capital, although the annexation has not been internationally recognized.

Mr. Dajani [director of strategic communications of Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah] said the decision to proceed with elections that excluded East Jerusalem ‘had to do with sovereignty and an Israeli decision not to allow polling stations or people to vote.’ Jerusalem had long been ‘a sore issue,’ he added.”
There have also been investigations concerning Hamas’ role in blocking certain candidates in the Gaza Strip. Election season is that of uncertainty in the Palestinian area.

With our own election season at hand, we must realize that who we vote for matters. Your vote affects the city of Aleppo. Your vote affects our affairs with Israel and Gaza. Your vote matters. Also, thank God for our government, that we have been able to make reforms that all citizens get a vote. If you believe in the candidate of your choosing, don’t waste your opportunity to vote. Once again, your act to vote – or abstain from voting – affects the world around you. You elect. God appoints.

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” – Romans 13:1
Sources: Politico, NY Times

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