I have lived in the United States for a number of years and I have to say that this election season has hit an all time low. To be honest, neither of the candidates were my choice, but evidently, for a large majority, these two candidates were the people's choice.
The media has fed us with all the filth that has been raked up on each of the nominees and we have been left feeling disheartened and anxious about the future of this great nation.
I have seen so much vitriol and contempt shared in the social media about both candidates, and what has surprised me is the way Christians have got involved in the mud slinging. Shame on us all.
There has never been a more urgent time for us to pray—for our nation—that God would move in the hearts of our two nominees and that there would be peace in our land.
There are three things I do know for sure about this election:
Firstly, on November 9, when the sun rises and we awaken to the news of our newly elected President, Jesus will still be Lord of the United States. He will be in control, whether the newly elected President acknowledges the fact or not.
Colossians 1:17 reminds us that "He is before all things, and in him all things hold together." If I believed that the answer to our country was in Washington, DC, that is where I would want to be. The truth is that the answer to our nation is the Church—God's people. That is why there has never been a better time for us to shine than right now. This is not a time for us to be bad mouthing a candidate, it is a time for us to shine as bright lights in a dark world. Just saying...
Secondly, I do believe that God hears and answers our prayers. I believe that as our nation faces challenges, the church should pray and seek God on behalf of the nation we love. I believe in the power of prayer.
Thirdly, I do believe that God is sovereign. He reigns over all the earth—He is God. God knows who our next President is because He is God. That does not mean that we should rest on our laurels—no, we need to get out and vote, we need to pray, we need to shine, but at the end of it all our God is in absolute control.
God, I pray that you would help us, your people, to shine as bright lights in a dark world. We pray for our nation and our leaders, and we ask you to lead us in the path of righteousness. We pray that 'Your Kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven'. Move in our land, turn hearts toward You and heal our broken nation. I ask this in the name of Your precious Son and our beautiful Jesus...Amen!
Pray with me as we head towards election day.
I am and always will be,
recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,