Politicked

Election Day is here, and if I’m honest with myself and the world, I’m pretty politicked right now. Granted, I’m not the biggest political guru in America. In fact, I consider my bureaucratic reticence equal to a preservation of sanity, not to imply an advocacy of ignorance or indifference, as much as contentment in the limited exposure of diplomatic dealings.

I’m not writing this to preach how conservatism will help this country in select ways. But I will say in recent years, I’ve opposed many executive policies to have come out of the White House, and in response, I’ve had to pace politics as a precaution against discouragement. Granted others have higher tolerance levels, which I sincerely commend, but regardless of political affiliations, the bottom line is: when the spiritual meets the political, faith must always have room to breathe. And if our allegiance is to remain anchored in God before country, we must activate hope through the power of prayer. When we lock into prayer on behalf of country and elected authority, we will find that dissension melts away, laying the red carpet out for trust to build on. And as trust increases, so does our hope in providential sovereignty.

Still, in recent weeks, I’ve rediscovered how an overabundance of Fox and CNN can risk spoiling prospective interest concerning campaign developments. As exciting as close presidential elections can be, there’s only so much prejudice, partisan and dogmatism I can tolerate in one thirty-minute news segment. Yes, I do care about the marriage of authority and government from sea to shining sea. But upon voting in my third consecutive election, I confess: I’m still having a tough time caring about each intimate detail about each presidential perspective. Personally, I much rather discuss the decisions that influence the needle direction on this country’s moral compass. One thing is for sure: change is inevitable; whether it is worthy of believing in remains to be seen; however, the outcome of tonight’s election does not have to reduce your faith to a piñata. God does not change, and that is something we’re called to celebrate 24/7/365.

So as you watch the votes come in tonight, be encouraged to pray for mercy and for strong character rooted in the Word of God to emerge out of the ashes and rubble of rebellion. In all supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, remember the King of kings orchestrates all things for his glory. A presidential term can never overcome the ways of God, for He uses history to guide His divine plan. In remembering Christ, we must find the excitement that comes when we commit to pray for the kings of this time, “and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:1-3).

Yes, there are many questions left to be answered. Yes, this nation has abandoned its position of living on bended knee. However, the question we can ask ourselves right now is: will we accommodate our vote with something more powerful? Will we pledge allegiance to a faithful God who does not ever forsake us, even in times of peril and uncertainty? Will we position ourselves to receive an unquenchable, unfathomable love, one that comes with a rich inheritance and encourages us to live and walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:25) and grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18)?

Pray that our next president and his cabinet of leaders and advisors will labor in the Lord, that miracles of any shape and size will inspire unity among those in authority (Ephesians 4:3-6). Embrace the opportunity to resist the devil and fear of man on their behalf. Relish the privilege to speak life and grace into their strategies and ideologies, and for courage and righteousness to endure in every place they set foot.

When we consider the big picture, tonight becomes a good night no matter how you slice it. Especially when we humble ourselves, pray, and seek the Lord’s face, that we, as one nation under God, will turn from our wicked ways, to hear from heaven and to receive forgiveness and healing" (II Chronicles 7:14).

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