The election is behind us. It’s over. As I’ve pondered the startling outcome and watched the news coverage of both the resulting elation and despair, I urgently felt the need to underscore again the principles advocated in last week’s SelahGram. With a few small additions, following is that message.
Whomever you vote[d] for, you know in your heart that many of the opposing party’s concerns are valid. Undoubtedly, neither of the principal candidates is flawless. Furthermore, each of us, regardless of your vote, is praying the person America (collectively) elects turns out to fulfill more of the good expectations than the bad. …To uphold truth and justice and somehow become a champion of biblical values.
I have 2 thoughts to add to the equation.
First, Nebuchadnezzar and Cyrus. God said of Nebuchadnezzar, who took captive and enslaved the nation of Judah, “Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant…,” Jer.27:6. Of Cyrus, the king of Persia, who similarly subjugated God’s people, God said, “…That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure,” Isa. 4:28. In Isa.45:1, God further stated, “Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus…”
The point is, God is more than able to fashion any leader’s actions toward fulfilling God’s own purposes, if we pray to that end! (2Chr.7:14)
Second, as we transition to a new season in our nation, among the greatest challenges across America right now is the spirit of division. It is indeed a spiritual force. The root problem is not a racial divide or a gender divide. Nor is it the have’s against the have-not’s, labor vs management , red states against blue, elites and upper-class against working-class or middle-America heartland against the progressive fringes. All share the same root – a single spiritual problem!
Every believer is called to one particular ministry. You are anointed for the ministry of reconciliation! …Accept that mantle! 2Corinthians says that God has “given to us the ministry of reconciliation …and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. …He has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ.” (2Cor. 5:18, 19)
The thing about the whole-armor of God: if any part is missing, it’s not whole. A vital portion of this armor is: “…And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” Eph. 6:15
Rom. 10:15 says, “…As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Also Isa.52 / Nah.1)
Whatever name was checked on your ballot, today we believe the selected individual is God’s servant and will be guided (knowingly or otherwise) by God’s hand. Furthermore, it is your and my individual responsibility to personally acknowledge and minister reconciliation and the gospel of peace to our divided country. Amen. Selah. \o/