Whom are you voting for?
In the United States, a general election format like ours is almost taken for granted. A government "for the people, by the people" seems commonplace—that is, until we pause and remember that not all people have the freedom to elect their leaders. For U.S. citizens, our first thoughts toward politics should be ones of gratefulness for the freedoms we hold dear.
With that being said, this time of year can get particularly nasty. Election season tends to divide people rather than bring us together. Sadly, doesn't it seem that Christians are no exception?
Certainly there are tremendous issues at stake, and we encourage believers to be active and knowledgable in their civic duty. But in a time of vitriol, mistrust, and segregation between red and blue, black and white, Trump vs. Hillary, citizens and immigrants, etc., we are reminded of several truths from Scripture:
- God is still in control
- Jesus' call is for His people to be unified
- Our battle is bigger than politics
- God is calling us to our knees in prayer
If our God is sovereign, if He is really "He who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night..." (Jer. 31:35 NIV), then we know that God is bigger than any nation, any ruler, any election. If you find yourself getting worried about the future, remember who holds it.
As Jesus' earthly ministry drew to a close, He passed on the key to evangelism: "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35). This wasn't a passing statement; Christ was telling us that our love for one another is like a megaphone for the gospel!
As Paul reminds us in Ephesians 6:12, "our struggle is not against flesh and blood," and again in Colossians 3:2, "Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth." In a world of Pharisees, Sadducees, and Romans, we don't see Jesus picking sides. Christ chose rather to be committed to His Father, His mission, and His people.
So what do we do? Do we ignore what's going on? Do we look the other way at injustice, at evil, at corruption? No. Our first and main call as believers it to join together in prayer and fasting. As Dr. Stanley says in his book, Turning the Tide, prayer can change the heart of a nation.
Are you willing to commit to prayer during this election season? We'd like to invite you to join us in focused, intentional prayer for our nation. Starting October 19, we will be sending a text message reminder each morning to pray. It may be a prayer for a neighbor, the next generation, or our nation. It's free to sign up, and anyone with a text message plan in the United States can sign up (standard messaging rates do apply, so see below for the terms). To sign up: Fill out the box above, or text PRAYING to 99000 now.
You'll receive a daily text through election day, but we hope everyone will continue in the habit of prayer long after the ballots have been cast. And the next time you see that Facebook post or overhear a conversation you don't agree with, remember whose side you're really on.
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