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.
It has been done and the Internet is littered with such political blogs. Some good and some bad. Yet, this is not what Scripture teaches. If anything, we’re told to put our trust in God, the Holy One of Israel – Isaiah 31:1
31 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help
and rely on horses,
who trust in chariots because they are many
and in horsemen because they are very strong,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel
or consult the Lord!
In this passage, Israel is relying on Egypt for help with the Assyrian. God is rebuking them for not turning to the Lord, first. There are similar passages in Scripture. How is this related to the Election of 2012?
Do we not rely upon political ideologies to solve the problems facing this country? Are there not people championing conservative solutions for everything, under the sun? Are there not those who are adamant about progressive solutions? It seems the horses and chariots have been replaced by political ideologies.
I don’t fault the good people at Fox News for trumpeting conservatism or the good folks at CNN extolling progressive values. They are both secular organization. For them, they worship their ideologies. Yes, conservative ideology and progressive ideoloty have become their idols.
For the Church, this should not be so. I’ve been seeking Christian perspective on the two candidates and found more ideologies than God. When I read of people condemning others for voting for Obama, this is not of God, the Father. The same could be said of some liberal bloggers. This should not be so!
We need God, the Father perspective on the two men seeking to serve this nation. I would encourage my brothers and sisters to seek the Father’s heart on the matter and not our favorite flawed political ideologies.
Earlier this month, Bob Jones, of Bob Jones Ministries, posted this message on his website. The message is called “Vote For Righteousness” It’s not a call to vote for either party, as I initially thought. It’s directed at the Body of Christ and it’s a call for action. Here is a brief excerpt:
“Recently Bob audibly heard the Father say, “The church determines which way this nation is going. If the church does nothing, we do nothing. But if the church does something; we do everything!”
You can read the rest on the link that I just gave. Prayer is more than just telling God, our opinions. It involves listening and having our thoughts aligning with His thoughts. I agree with Bob. The best part is, we don’t need to go to a rally to do so.
It can be done at home or at our churches. Prayer isn’t the only thing, we need to follow it up, with the right actions. Some rely on Fox News and others rely on CNN; but we shall rely on God, the Father of our Lord Jesus!
As I consider how to close, a familiar Scripture comes to mind and it’s an important one. Consider what Paul said to Timothy in 1 Timothy 2:1-4:
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Who was the Emperor at the time of Paul? Was it not Nero? I can just see the look on Timothy’s face when he read this. I’m sure it didn’t just passed by him. Pres. Obama is no Emperor Nero! He’s far from it.
Timothy didn’t have a choice in who governs Rome. Yet, Paul said that he’s to pray for the leaders of his country. In this case, it would have been Nero or more likely the governor of his area. We have the blessing of living where we can choose our nation’s leaders. Yet, Paul’s instruction remains the same.
Though I don’t agree with Pres. Obama, I am called to lift him up in prayer. I’d have to do the same for Romney. We’re not being asked to agree or like the person. Rather, we’re called to pray for them. Here is why I empathize the “for”. I’ve heard tales of people praying for evil to come to Obama.
This should not be! For we grieve the Father’s heart when acting like this. God is the one who placed Obama in office, in the first place. The heart of the king is in the hands of the Lord. Let’s ask the Father to move Obama in the correct way.
If Romney becomes President then what? His Mormon faith will guide him and it may not always coincide with Christian principles. Theologically, the two do not line up. Romney is going to need more than just the real Jesus.
Let’s give careful prayer and thoughts before electing the next President. Let’s not be hasty!