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Three Imperatives for Every Christ-follower on Election Day

A short note for a Big Day…

The Bible tells us: “…if my people who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Today is election day in the US – a big day in our country. There are unrest, concern and worry for some and hope for others surrounding this day. As Christ-followers, we are called to do three things today:

  1. Pray – God invites us to call out to Him. When we do, we affirm that He is ultimately in control. We ask Him to draw us close to His heart and for us to know that He will heal our land. We are, also, called to pray for our leaders. Today, we need to pray for both candidates as well as all those who represent us in Washington. Let’s join together and ask God to draw their hearts to Him through this entire process. That they submit their hearts and lives to the One who is ultimately in control. There is power in prayer. So, let’s pray.
  2. Vote – I hear from many people that they do not like either candidate, so they are choosing not to vote. But, our right to vote is a privilege and responsibility. There are many people who died to give us this right. We are so blessed to live in the United States. Whether you vote for either of the two primary candidates, a long shot candidate or even write someone in, simply voting at all is something we should do.
  3. Trust – Remember, our faith is not in a man or a woman, but in God. Throughout the centuries, there have been good rulers and horrible rulers, but our God has been the One who is consistent and faithful. He is sovereign over all. So, whatever happens today, trust that our God is greater. Trust that He is in control.

Pray, vote, trust. As Christ-followers, this is our time to engage: to undergird our country through prayer and participation and to be salt and light in a desperate time. And, through it all, to trust that God will fulfill His purpose for our nation and for us, individually. Let’s not spew forth hate, but hope. Let’s share with others the reason for the hope that we have in Christ. I am proud to be an American, but even more, I am proud to be a part of the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ – the true Ruler of all.

 

 

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Preparing for the Presidential Election

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I grew up in a Republican home. My dad was a Republican, and this was the viewpoint that dominated our political discussions. I was taught that Democrats did not have Christian values. Therefore, you can probably understand how shocking it was to me when I was in high school to found out that my pastor was a big Democrat. I grew up in a large church, and I loved and respected my pastor, just like I did my dad. Now, what was I to do?

Nothing creates passion like politics and religion. What I have discovered is that so often we try to fit Christianity into a Republican or Democratic platform instead of being Christ-followers first, and then supporting a political agenda. Politics are not meant to be religion (although, for some it has become one). There are godly people on both sides of the aisle. And, there are God-given agendas in both political parties. We need to be fiscally responsible (good stewardship) and we need to take care of the poor (Jesus taught us this long before any political party). The government is intended to run our county while Christ should run our lives – both this life and the life to come.

This past week at the Men’s Leadership Network, our guest was Charles Overby. Charles is a man who has spent his life in politics. He was the head of the First Amendment Center in Washington DC, and hosted dinners for the Supreme Court Justices and Congress. He is now the head of the Overby School of Journalism and Politics at Ole Miss.

You can listen to the full interview with Charles here. What I appreciated about Charles was his desire to talk about politics in a civil manner. What has been lost, according to Charles, is humility. No candidate is perfect – we are all sinful, fallible people. Even the leaders in the Bible made significant mistakes. We must all learn to be dependent on God and to pray for our leaders. We need people who are humble, but who also represent our values.

We, as Christ-followers, need to be actively involved in our local, state and national elections. People died for our right to vote. We need to vote. We also, need to be able to engage in healthy conversations, whether in person or on social media, about relevant political topics. But, we should always do this with gentleness and respect. In addition, we have a responsibility to teach our children about politics and how to pray for our leaders.

My dad would watch Fox News exclusively. Now, there are definitely things I appreciate about Fox News, but there are good issues that are represented on the other side as well. When my dad would tell me, “Our country is just going downhill.” I would remind him, “Dad, we want our leaders to succeed.” Regardless of whether we agree with them on every point, we want them to make good decisions. The decisions they make impact our lives as well as the lives of our kids, neighbors and family members.

Over the next few months, we will hear more and more about politics. And, each time you hear a political ad, think about this – our God is Sovereign. Our God is greater than any candidate, election process or even the United States of America. We don’t have to live in fear of whoever is elected. We can live in faith that our God is ultimately in control. Therefore, be more passionate about Jesus than you are about whichever political candidate you support, and talk about Jesus as much as you do about the Presidential election.

Our God is in control, so we don’t have to live in fear, but we can live in faith. We can pray for our leaders, engage in healthy dialogue and point people to the One who can truly change our hearts and our nation. Let’s not get lost in the venom and the hatred during this political campaign, but let’s be people of love. People who love others regardless of their political candidate or choices. Let’s be followers of Christ more than of a candidate. Our God is greater.