To prepare ourselves to be informed voters, let me suggest we each read II Samuel 13-19 and I Kings 1-3. Three brothers, sons of David, wanted to replace their father as king: Absalom, Adonijah, and Solomon. You’ll see in these political characters every strategy known to be employed by ambitious people: murder, usurpation, propaganda, smears, alliances, compromises, assumptions, secret deals, grandstanding, promotions, declarations, lies, immorality, graft, promises, and in some instances, wisdom. King David, guided by God, chose Solomon as his successor. Absalom and Adonijah ruined themselves in the electoral process.
Some billions of dollars will be spent to try to persuade the voting electorate in our nation. And all of the dirty tricks that men can think up will be employed by people of low character. We would be wise to be cynical when listening to those like Absalom and Adonijah. We’ll be able to identify them if we can distinguish between foolishness and wisdom. God help as we vote.