Posted by: pastortomvabeach | August 10, 2016

Thought for the Week August 14, 2016

We are in the midst of a presidential election year which, by many accounts, puts our nation in a difficult position regarding the choices available to us. The outcome of this election could have ramifications far beyond the four years that the victor will live in the White House. Some of those ramifications could present serious predicaments for Christians. For this reason, I believe it is important for Christian leaders including pastors to speak out and try to help the body of Christ to make informed and, hopefully, biblically wise decisions about who will get their vote in the election. For the next few weeks I will try to do that.

The most important position we can take in any election cycle or in between cycles is on our knees. When Solomon was king of Israel, at the dedication of the great temple, he prayed before the people, asking God to keep His watchful eye on the nation and, if they ever strayed, to receive them back when they finally repented. You can read his prayer in II Chronicles 6. After he finished praying, fire fell from heaven and consumed the burnt offering that was on the altar and after several days of feasting, after Solomon had sent all the people home, the Lord appeared to Solomon to tell him that He had heard the prayer.

In God’s answer, He said this to Solomon, When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, this I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (II Chronicles 7:13-14).

We are familiar with verse 14, but we don’t often hear the prelude to that verse which indicates that God’s judgment had fallen upon the nation; no rain, locust, pestilence. It’s not hard to see that judgment came because the people had gone away from following the Lord and He was turning His back on them.

Friends, regardless of who wins the election in November, our nation has fallen on times of seriously abandoning God and His principles of righteous living. Due to our sin, we have placed people in power who acquiesce to unholy demands and even make laws that support all sorts of ungodly practices such as abortion and same sex marriage. Even now, when Christians speak against such practices or attempt to live their lives and operate their private businesses within God’s guidance, we are subjected to ridicule, lawsuits, and even jail. What is good is called evil and what is evil is called good. The state of our society and the governmental support for what God calls sin put our nation in a fearsome state of affairs. Solomon wrote, He who justifies the widked and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord. (Proverbs 17:15).

In this pivotal time in our nation’s history we cannot dismiss our duty to our country, our people, and our children. We must follow God’s instructions and get serious about truly humbling ourselves before God in fervent prayer. We must turn to Him and seek His face, His guidance, His grace, and His help in our private and public lives. And we must also give Him free access to search our hearts and reveal our own rebellion and sin and, when He does, we must turn from our own wicked ways in true repentance. God, Himself, says that is the remedy for a nation that is in rebellion and suffering His judgment.

Whatever the outcome of the election, if we don’t turn the moral direction of our nation completely around, we are on a path that only ends in judgment. The once great experiment of a nation founded on biblical principles of freedom and justice will be erased from the world and there will be no nation left to claim that high ground. I’m not saying the United States is perfect, but if we live as a moral people, if we live as God’s people, our system of laws sets us up to offer good things not only to our people but to the whole world.

Will you join me, as we approach this election, and begin to fervently and continually seek the Lord’s face on behalf of our nation? Will you cry out for a revival in the church so that we can influence those outside the church in a great awakening and turning to the Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ? Will you also ask God to show you His wisdom for how you should participate in our election process? Thanks for hearing my thoughts.

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