Angela Chininin Buele
When the votes are all counted and the concession has been made, the supporters of one candidate will breathe a sigh of relief, give a shout of victory, and start figuring out how to realize all of those campaign promises.
And what about the other side(s)? Well, hopefully those candidates and their supporters will be grateful for the opportunity to take a vacation and catch up on sleep.
As for those of us in the middle of two awful choices, our response should be the same upon hearing of victory proclaimed in either camp – prayer. We are called to pray for our leaders whether or not we voted for them. We are called to respect them, whether or not they act respectably. You see, unless another candidate is able to gain enough support to upset the current nominees, people dissatisfied with both candidates – people like me – will be facing an unplanned political pregnancy beginning on November 8th. And abortion is not an option.
Just as with physical conception of a new life, God has made no mistake. His purpose in each and every event is to open the eyes of more and more people to see their need for Him, not for any candidate or policy. As we see Him work, we are to ask Him to complete His perfect work of revealing the wrongs and replacing them with repentance, bringing about restoration and real change.
Perseverance. Perseverance will be required because there will be growing pains – probably more than a few. But God is in control, and this is a wake-up call is a gift from Him. How? He is sustaining us this day as He shows us the decay of “the very best” rulers we could come up with. If we cry out for mercy and submit ourselves to His loving Lordship, He will not leave us or forsake us – not in the darkest political hour, and not in an unexpected pregnancy.
Key Question: Are you willing to put your faith in God’s sovereignty over all circumstances?
Unshakable Truth: First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time (1 Timothy 2:2).
God desires to save the lost. Let us ask Him to use all of these unsavory political events to point more and more people to the one mediator between God and man – Jesus Christ. The time is now for this desperately under-acknowledged testimony.
The Real Choice: When you cry out for salvation, will it be to your political candidate or to the King of Kings?