Posts Tagged ‘2012 Presidential election’

We’ve been told that this year’s presidential election will be the most important election in our history. We have been bombarded with negative political ads by candidates in order to convince us that they are the best choice. It is my opinion that the leader that we have is simply a mirror of the people he or she leads. As proof, one only has to look at I Samuel when the people rejected God’s rule over them and cried out for a king:

When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as judges for Israel.  The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba.  But his sons did not walk in his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.  So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.  They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”  But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD.  And the LORD told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.  As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.  Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.”  Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.  He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.  He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants.  He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants.  Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use.  He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves.  When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day.”  But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us.  (1Sam. 8:1-19)

Soon after, Saul was chosen to be king over Israel and Samuel gave the people a warning: “But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.  Yet if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will be swept away.” (1Sam 12:24-25) As it turns out that’s exactly what happened.

Saul’s first act as king was to attack a Philistine outpost and made Israel an enemy of the much larger Philistine army. (1Sam. 13:4-7) Samuel told Saul to wait seven days and he would meet him on the battlefield to make an offering and intercede for him. But Saul became impatient and made the offering himself placing himself on the same level as the prophet of God and in doing so, Saul jeopardized his kingship. (1Sam. 13:8-14)

Surprisingly, even after Saul’s missteps the majority of the people continued to follow him. Why? Because they wanted a king to rule over them rather than God. It wasn’t until years later that godly King David would rule over Israel; and even he was plagued by his sin.

It is no different today. Throughout our history we can name good presidents and bad presidents. But rarely can we name presidents that were truly godly men. The reason is simple: If a leader is a mirror of the people he leads, then it is a rare thing indeed for an ungodly nation to elect a godly leader.

Proverbs teaches that “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29:2) Are we mourning over the spiritual, moral, cultural and political direction of our nation? Christians of many denomination and ethnic backgrounds are indeed approaching judgment over the rapid and rabid growth of ungodly, wicked laws and policies by our current elected leadership. What we have to recognize is that just as surely as the sun rises in the east, ungodly lawmakers will produce ungodly laws.

We have tens of thousands of local churches, led by their pastors that effectively and consistently engage in political awareness, education, and action to promote their personal, partisan, or ethnic standards.

But our mourning should be fostered by hearts broken with the recognition of our own disobedience and our rejoicing should be inspired by a God of mercy and grace and that He gives us the means to restore His righteousness within us.

I am not suggesting that we not be concerned about our political process, but as a follower of Messiah we should be even more concerned about the kingdom of God than the kingdom of this world.

I believe that whoever becomes our political leader will be placed in that position by God – Either for our good or for our judgment, in order to bring us closer to Him.  “But it is God who judges: He brings one down, He exalts another.” (Psalm 75:7) God is the judge – All depends on Him, not on the natural advantages of a country; not on human strength or human skill, or human prowess. Whatever may be the natural resources of a country; whatever alliances of peace or war they may form with other nations; success ultimately depends on God. He presides over all; He can give success when it is least expected; and He can also humble people – no matter how much they have prepared, and regardless how confidentially they anticipate success. He removes kings, and sets up kings for His own purpose. (Daniel 2:21)

God will use any means necessary in order to draw us closer to Him – Even if it means going through difficult times. He used the Babylonians to draw Israel back to Himself and He will use our political leaders to do the same for us. May God give us the grace, wisdom, and strength for the days ahead.

“If you’re a leader and no one is following – you’re just out for a walk.”

When our nation’s Founders designed their plan for a more perfect union, they understood that the success of a modern republic would require more than a political document like the Constitution. Because of their study of history and knowledge of human nature, the Founders knew the pitfalls that plagued civilizations before this one. They knew that the Constitution alone could not curb individual selfishness. They believed that virtues were necessary for sustaining the American experiment.

But who really decides who will become the leader of America?

Read Dan. 2:1-49:

“He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars. He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness, though he is surrounded by light.” (v.21-22)

“Your Majesty, you are the greatest of kings. The God of heaven has given you sovereignty, power, strength, and honor.” (v.37)

Read Daniel 4:4-37:

“You will be driven from human society, and you will live in the fields with the wild animals. You will eat grass like a cow, and you will be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven periods of time will pass while you live this way, until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses.” (v.25)

Does that mean that whoever wins the presidential election is appointed by God? I would say, yes.  I don’t believe there is any leader that God hasn’t appointed- Even evil leaders.

“For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” (Romans 13:1)

In Israel the people wanted a King, (1 Samuel 8:1-22) which was not what God wanted, but because of the hardness of their heart God appointed King Saul, who ended up being evil. As I have stated before, today we have high rates of divorce, babies born out of wedlock, youth violence, and so on.

Just as Israel of old, we too, have forgotten God and replaced him with our own golden calf. We have bowed down to the idols of humanism, secularism, and government control, and we have reaped the rewards of our actions.

This year’s presidential election may be one of the most important in recent history. Many are concerned that the outcome will result in another overreaching administration that violates our constitutional rights. But what most of them don’t realize is that a leader is merely a reflection of the people they lead.

It’s possible that God will appoint another King Saul for us in order to bring us to repentance. The only way to attain true freedom is to seek God’s mercy with a repentant heart and pray that He will appoint the leader we need, and not the leader we want.

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” (2Chron. 7:14)

Scripture shows us how the Israelites loved David. But the more they loved David, the more Saul hated him. Jealousy filled Saul’s heart and controlled him so much that all he could think of was how to get rid of David. Saul and his soldiers hunted David and his men in the wilderness for eight long years. Saul did everything in his power to catch David and kill him. However, one day, while in a battle with the Philistines, Saul and his three sons died. Thus, the descendants of Saul were completely exterminated, just as God had said they would be. In the chapters that follow, the Scriptures relate how God finally turned the kingdom of Israel over to David. (1 Samuel 17 – 2 Samuel 7)

We can be certain that whoever is elected, God has appointed them. But we should still always oppose anything they do that is immoral or unethical. God Himself will judge concerning such things.

I believe as a follower of Messiah, it is our responsibility to stand in the gap for our fellow Americans. And doing so will help ensure a new birth of freedom – A freedom that comes from following God and not man. 

The power of prayer should not be underestimated. James 5:16 declares, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

James goes on to explain that, “Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”   (v. 17-18)

I pray that as God’s people we will humble ourselves and pray and seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways so that God will forgive our sins and then we will hear from heaven and God will restore our land. (2Chron. 7:14)

We all know the statistics showing the high rates of divorce, babies born out of wedlock, youth violence, and so on. Anyone who reads a local newspaper or watches the evening news will have to admit to the fact that America is in deep trouble.

Sanctity of life is no longer fought for and more often is legislated against. Our children have become uncontrollable beasts who murder without conscience and pornography has been piped into our homes for us and our children to view at the push of a button on the remote control.

We are no longer, the land of the free and home of the brave, but the land of deceit and home of depraved. Just as Israel of old, we too, have forgotten God and replaced him with our own golden calf. We have bowed down to the idols of humanism, secularism, and government control, and we have reaped the rewards of our actions.

When it comes to politics, Americans are divided on a variety of issues, but there is one thing on which almost everyone agrees regardless of their political affiliation: They don’t like Congress and would replace the entire membership if given the chance.

Will Rogers once said, “Congress meets tomorrow morning. Let us all pray: Oh Lord, give us strength to bear that which is about to be inflicted upon us. Be merciful with them, oh Lord, for they know not what they’re doing. Amen.”

When our nation’s Founders designed their plan for a more perfect union, they understood that the success of a modern republic would require more than a political document like the Constitution. Because of their study of history and knowledge of human nature, the Founders knew the pitfalls that plagued civilizations before this one. They concluded that the Constitution alone could not curb individual selfishness. They believed that virtues were necessary for sustaining the American experiment.

In today’s media-saturated America, everyone has an opinion – From Bill O’Reilly to Rush Limbaugh and everyone in between. There is no shortage of viewpoints. But how many of those perspectives bring us back to a place of a consistent life of freedom in America?

This year’s presidential election may be one of the most important in recent history. The outcome will determine whether we live under an overreaching administration that violates our constitutional rights or one that will promote the true freedom that our nation’s Founders envisioned.

The only way I see to attain true freedom is to seek God’s mercy with a repentant heart and pray that He will place the leader we need, and not the leader we want, in the White House.

Rather than just saying a general prayer for the candidate of your choice, I would like to challenge everyone reading this to commit to joining me in a 40 day morning to evening fast, beginning March 5th, and pray that God would appoint the leader that He desires – A leader who will have a heart for America and the World, with humility and a faithful spirit, like David.

I believe as a follower of Jesus, it is our responsibility to stand in the gap for our fellow Americans. Your involvement will help ensure, as President Abraham Lincoln said in The Gettysburg Address, “…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”

The power of prayer should not be underestimated. James 5:16 declares, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James goes on to explain that, “Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” (v. 17-18)

God listens to prayers, answers prayers, and moves in response to prayers. Jesus said, “…if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matt.17:20)

Besides praying for our nation there are also other things you can do to promote a greater America:

  •   Get involved – Educate yourself about our national leaders and how they vote on key issues. Contact them about issues important to you and your family. Most members of Congress are easily reached by letter, phone or email, so take advantage of the privilege you have to become an active participant in American democracy.
  •  Vote – Let it be known to those who represent you that you do watch their actions and will vote accordingly. Politicians these days realize they are constantly running for re-election and that your vote matters, so encourage them when they do take action you agree with and politely speak up when you oppose their actions.

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

LORD, we pray for this election – that truths will be revealed and that each candidate focus on what they have to offer and give for America. Let no pride be found in our future leaders, but instill in them only a servant spirit. Amen.