Today is Election Day in the United States, and with it brings elevated levels of stress and anxiety.
For the past several weeks and months, elected officials have brought new meaning to the word debate.
No matter which side of the aisle you land, you are bound to make some folks uneasy. The sad thing about this election is that it is ripping families apart.
My parents shared emails the pastor of a local church had received about families that no longer could stand to be in the same house together because of the election.
Do you think this breaks the heart of God?
You bet it does, and it should break our hearts as well. I know folks who feel uncomfortable because they don’t share the same political belief as other church members.
The body of Christ should never be like this; however, we need to remember that we are human, and we fail. We are all guilty of something.
I recently started reading David Platt’s new book Before You Vote. He pastors a large church in McLean, VA, where he has members on both sides of the aisle.
He is careful not to lean one way or the other but encourages readers to explore seven questions.
One of the primary questions he addresses is whether or not Christians should vote.
Although scripture does not address this question specifically, because during biblical times, they did not have voting, he points the readers to pray for their leaders.
In 1 Timothy it says,
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 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 people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”1 Timothy 2:1-4
The author urges people, citizens, to offer prayers, petitions, and thanksgiving for all people, specifically for leaders.
How in the world do you pray for your leaders when you disagree with them?
You pray for wisdom in their decision-making.
You pray they receive and accept wise counsel from those around them.
You pray for their salvation – why? – because God wants all people to be saved (even the leaders you disagree with).
I’m not saying I do this well or without complaining. I wish I did a better job of this, but we have to start somewhere.
Let’s bring it a little closer to home, shall we?
Do you pray for the leaders of your company?
Do you pray they make wise decisions?
Do you pray for their salvation?
Ok, now I have probably gone to meddling, but I assure you that I do not mean to.
Earlier this year, a buddy and I made it one of our goals to conduct two prayer walks a month around our campus at work.
Our goal was to catch up on life, pray for each other, pray for our teams, and pray for our work site.
By the grace of God, we haven’t missed a month, and sometimes we sneak an extra walk during the month.
We have seen attitudes change on our teams. We have been blessed with more projects than we can handle, and we have been protected from serious cases of COVID.
I’m not saying our walks are the source of God’s favor, but I do believe He hears our prayers and sees our diligence for wanting to make a difference on our campus.
I realize today will be tough for many, but we must remember that God is in control. He has foreseen the outcome already, and most of all, He has a plan.
We may not see it, but He has one.
I encourage you to read and pray the words of 1 Timothy 2:1-4 throughout the day and ask God to protect our cities, our leaders, and our nation.
I also encourage you to vote.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the words of 1 Timothy that exhort us to pray for our leaders and the people around us. We ask that Your will be done in the election, and we implore you to guard our words, actions, and cities. Thank you for being in control of every situation. Amen!
- Before You Vote – David Platt (book) (affiliate link)