What Christians Are Forgetting About November 9

electionLike everyone else in America, I cannot wait for this election to be over. I have hoped for months that someone would eventually say, “Just kidding. It’s all a joke. Here’s the real candidates.” But, alas, the day is here, and apparently this is for real.

What I want to remind those that claim the Christian faith as we anticipate the results of this election is that:

  1. No president cannot single-handedly change the face of our nation.
  2. Our past presidents have not been the cause of our nation’s destruction.

I’m not saying they don’t have influence or power. But we still have more than they do. I apologize in advance that this post will be brimming with generalities. There isn’t much of a way around it. If the shoe fits….

This isn’t a plea to vote a certain way or even whether or not you should or shouldn’t vote.  This is a simple reminder that our government has very little to do with shaping our culture. Our culture has shaped our government. 

I’ve been saddened over the last several months at what Christians are choosing to put their hope in. Somehow, in some way, the American church has convinced itself that our future and our hope rests on the outcome of the election….that somehow if the right candidate wins,  we can proceed with hope for our nation. One of the many problems with this perspective, is that there are not any good candidates on the ballot.

Many have posted 2 Chronicles 7:14 during this election process. Undoubtedly you are familiar with it.

“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.”

This verse was written to Israel, but if we are going to look for the timeless principles, we would do well to apply them. This verse is addressing God’s people. God directs HIS people to humble themselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from THEIR wicked ways. Did you catch that?

It does not say, “if unbelievers repent and seek me and turn from their wicked ways.” This is not a plea to those that are not God’s people to repent in order for their land to be healed. It is a plea for God’s people to repent in order for their land to be healed. God’s people need to humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways.

We do not need to wait for an election to do that. We can do that any time.

Unfortunately, instead of the world witnessing a humble, prayerful people, concerned about their own wickedness, they are witnessing prideful, lashing-out, demanding people who are name calling, labeling those that don’t measure up to their standards, insisting that we can legislate morality and force unbelievers to live according to the standards of God’s Word – a standard they are not holding themselves to.

In the midst, we have forgotten that we are image bearers of the Creator to show the rest of the world what God looks like. We have forgotten that the second commandment is to love our neighbor as ourselves. We make statements on Facebook as if the unbelieving world isn’t watching – as if it doesn’t matter what kind of God we are showing them.

Tweet: Christians sometimes act like we can live separated from our culture and then order it into biblical submission. http://ctt.ec/cHB4E+We have forgotten that Jesus spent thirty years learning our culture before he started a public ministry. Christians sometimes act like we can live separated from our culture and then order it into biblical submission.

Our job before the election has been to:

  • Apply 2 Chronicles 7:14
  • Love God with all our heart, soul and mind
  • Love our neighbor as ourselves
  • Show the world who God really is

Our job after the election will be to:

  • Apply 2 Chronicles 7:14
  • Love God with all our heart, soul and mind
  • Love our neighbor as ourselves
  • Show the world who God really is

The question is, will you have any more influence?

The good news is, there is still time to apply 2 Chronicles 7:14.

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