For the past few days, it has been on my mind to write about the upcoming Presidential election. It would be easy to make this an opinion piece about the Election of 2012; however I shall not do so. It would not be difficult to be strident about one political ideology and place it over the other. Continue reading
A few days ago, I was searching for some blogs to read and make possible comments. As my interest leans towards politics and the Christian faith, I elected to see what other Christians were talking about. As this is an election year, I did expect emotions to run high.
I was looking for ideas of what to write, this week. I would love to say that everyone was engaged in a civil debate. However, this is sadly not the case on the few alleged Christian sites I visited. It seems some have forgotten who their brothers and sisters are and that we’re to love one another. Continue reading
In case you haven’t notice, the race for the Presidency of the United States is already underway. Aside from President Obama, there are 7 other people who’d like a shot at the Oval Office. I am not going to say who to vote for. As an American citizen, the decision is yours to make.
My goal is to urge you to begin praying for the eight presidential candidates and not wait until the summer or November. The best time to begin praying, is today. We, each have a candidate that we like. This is fine and a good reason to pray for him or her.
I would like you to go a step further. Ask God, the Father about these people. What is God saying about the candidates? Please remember, God is not a Republican or a Democrat. As God’s ways are not ours, please don’t expect an echo chamber. It is good to ask “Who is God’s man for the hour?”
Did you know that Scripture offers some advice on what to look for? For starters, there is Exodus 18:21:
21 Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.
There is also Deut 1:13:
13 Choose wise and discerning and experienced men from your tribes, and I will appoint them as your heads.’
Did you notice that God is telling Moses, to choose those who’d help him lead the tribes of Israel? Could Moses choose anyone? No, Moses had to choose people with very specific character traits. These traits are honesty, hate dishonest gains, experienced, godly, wise and discerning. Once chosen, God would appoint them, as leaders of the tribes of Israel.
We should want these same characters in our elected leaders. Why is this important? A person with these character will seek to do what is right, in the sight of God. They would not be so prone to popular opinions and resist pressure groups. Plus, they would not have the need to sign pledges.
A friend once suggested that we need statesmen and not politicians. I agree. A politician is one who worries about the next election and not doing what’s right. A statesman is a godly person, who seeks to do what is right and he is not worrying about re-election. Let’s ask God, to replace the politicians with statesmen.
How shall we know, if we have such a person? It is done through prayer and searching out the truth. Don’t be satisfied with what you hear on Fox News, CNN or MSNBC. They are each pushing for their favorite candidates.
It is best to start with prayer. Ask God, the Father about how to pray for each person. Ask the Holy Spirit to shine a light of truth on what’s heard on the news. You can trust God to lead us, to all truths about each candidates. Here is an illustration of what I mean.
In the Election of 2008, I set my heart on praying for the presidential candidates of that time. While praying, I was drawn towards certain presidential candidates. Did I know or understand what the political issues were? No. Did I know where the presidential candidates stood on a given issue? No.
What did I do? I trusted the Holy Spirit to lead me, in prayer. Sometimes, I would pray about a personal item relating to a specific candidate. Did I get some special download where I knew what to pray? This may have happened; however, it was not my primary source of information. I would occasionally get insights on what to pray through cable news or the Internet.
Take care of what you listen to or read! Not everything is true. It is always good to talk with God and ask the Father about what you are hearing. Please remember, Jesus did say that the Spirit will lead us, to all truths.
Don’t be afraid to do your own fact checking. My personal favorite fact checking sites are Snopes and PolitiFact. On The Issues is another good place to learn about the candidates. These sites were a great tool for smelling out the manure.
I will finish with these two set of Scriptures:
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding. [Proverbs 3:5]
5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. [James 1:5-6]
When it comes to who will win the presidency; everyone has an opinion. The same was true for the US Election in 2008. Being curious, I looked to see what some of the prophetic voices, in the Christian community, were saying. Suffice to say, there were a couple of interesting messages given then.
I am sharing this story to show what God has taught me, during that time. It is also a forewarning about listening to such messages. While God, the Father can certainly communicate specific messages about what’s coming. However, there is a danger of hearing what is desired; rather than what God actually said.
Here is what I’m talking about. Shortly after February 2008, I decided to see what people like Lou Engle, Bob Jones or Kim Clement were saying about the election.
During the primaries, Lou received a message about who the next president would be. Lou Engle posted the original message on his blog site. Here is what I recall. The original word dealt with two things. The candidate would do a lot with small amount of money and something to do with a brown paper bag.
After sharing what God told him, Lou told of his understanding of what God said. From what I recall, Lou honestly thought that it would be Gov. Mike Huckabee and so did I. For me, Gov. Mike Huckabee sounded good and I liked him.
When I read the original prophetic word given by Lou, I interpreted it as meaning Mike would win. This is my error. I read my personal opinions into what God allegedly said to Lou Engle.
Of course, Huckabee did not win the GOP primaries; it was Sen. John McCain. So much for the brown paper bags that Lou spoke of. Not so fast! It turns out that the message given to Lou was true. It just did not line up with my opinion.
It turns out Gov. Huckabee wasn’t the only one to do much with small amounts of money. Who was the other candidate? I would do a similar thing with something Kim Clement shared on his website.
Politics is not the only place where one can hear prophetic words about possible events. As with the above story, one needs to exercise care when reading or listening. The prophetic word could well be true; however, our interpretation can be totally off.
Be not afraid to ask the Holy Spirit about what is being read or heard. Ask God, “Is it true? Am I understanding this word, correctly? Is there another interpretation that I’ve not considered?”
Here is another idea. A friend once suggested that I do this with a prophetic word given to me. Place it on a shelf and leave it alone and let God deal with it. If the message is of God then it will come to pass without my help. Here is an added thought. Take care not to read into it; what is not there.