When it comes to the upcoming election, I’ve kept my mouth shut. If you’re anything like me, you are so tired of hearing about it. Not only have we had campaigning covered in the media for almost two years, but we, as Americans, have two of the most unlikable party candidates than ever before.
All of this weighs heavy on my heart for many reasons:
- Not voting is not an option. Men and women died for us to have the freedom to democratically vote and God has given us this freedom, for the time being, for a reason. I won’t waste it.
- Like many Christians, I am worried about the future of our nation, the future of religious liberty, the future of the next generation. What will our children’s America look like?
- I am the wife of a military member. This election terrifies me because our new president will be his Commander in Chief. Honestly, I can’t think about this for too long because worry and terror can consume me. I flat out don’t trust either candidate with the decisions that could affect his safety and his life.
All these thoughts spin in my mind and increase with intensity as the election draws closer. Yesterday at lunch though, I heard a new voice in the mix of threatening despair and worry:
You don’t trust them, but do you trust Me?
It almost took my breath away. He knows how much I struggle with trusting Him, how He desires to free me to trust Him more.
See, I can’t in good conscience ask God to bless our nation. A nation who as a collective whole mocks Him, denies Him, spits in His face and seems to want nothing to do with Him.
The only redeeming factor is the Body of Christ. His people. But, even then it seems to me our effectiveness, our light has dimmed due to our own fracturing, our own lack of unity, our lack of set apartness and the lack of godliness and wholeness.
We are a fractured nation. We are a wounded nation composed of sinful, wounded, broken people.
We need a Healer. A Redeemer. A Rescuer. We need a Savior.
Washington won’t cut it – if our faith is in this election we will be disappointed. We will remain fractured, divided, and broken.
The answer is clear – we need Jesus. We need revival. We need a pursuit of holiness, a holy boldness, a unity that only comes from His very abundant grace.
Even in the bleakest moments – even when we think about the “worst” that could happen, we as His children can claim His promises:
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not forsake you or leave you. Do not fear or be dismayed. – Deuteronomy 31:8.
We aren’t promised a nation of blessing here on earth, we have no real guarantees in this life. But we are promised His presence. We are guaranteed that He will never leave us.
No matter what happens we don’t have to be dismayed or fearful because God has gone before us. And He will remain with us. He may remove His protection and favor from our nation, but He will never remove Himself from His children.
He alone is my King and my alliegence lies in Him.
Lord, may we fall on our faces before you. May we repent from our wicked ways. May you spark revival among us. May your name be glorified. And may we turn back to you so you can heal our land.
Have mercy on us, God. Oh we don’t deserve it. Not one bit. But how desperately we need it. How very desperately. Please have mercy.
If my people who are called by my name 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 heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14