I've been rather quiet during this year's United States Presidential election. Primarily because I choose not to use my platform for political propaganda and, more importantly, politics is just an area that I choose not to debate. However, after the overwhelmingly unexpected results, I find myself hard pressed to sit still and be quiet.
At this point, I've taken my fair share of deep sighs to calm my nerves, wondering, "What in the world have we done?" I found myself awake at 2AM on Wednesday morning, phone in hand, hoping that it was all an illusion and the results that I was seeing was indeed a dream. It wasn't. I was left to attempt to sleep, knowing that the world ultimately wouldn't end, but fully understanding the implications of what had taken place. As my husband returned to bed in silence, I just watched as he slept, resting in the fact that I can at least find peace and security with him alongside me.
Earlier that day, I fervently prayed, "Lord, your will be done," fully expecting that God would show mercy on this sinful nation on account of a few righteous people. Maybe, just maybe, he'd lend His ear to the saints as they cried out like Abraham did in Sodom & Gomorrah. Maybe, despite the deep rooted sin, God certainly wouldn't allow for the enemy to play his hand of inciting division & hatred through the nation's leader. But God did. Much like allowing Saul to be King at the Israelites' request. We will find, as they did, that you must be careful what you ask for.
Don't be misled. I didn't expect ANY candidate to be morally perfect. After all, we all have our own faults and implicit biases. However, I did believe that the American people would have enough integrity and sense to not choose someone who is blatantly racist, a bigot, misogynist, and a bully. But when has putting hope and faith in men ever played out well? Ultimately, I believe that the nation's decision in leadership is a direct reflection of the state of the hearts of men. The American people overwhelming showed that we are, in fact, a divided nation that would rather be separated by racial and socioeconomic differences than be a united, melting pot that welcomes differences. The people have spoken and the results are very unfortunate. What has been blanketed as a victory for the working class, who seemingly felt unforgotten, is instead a victory for division and hatred that has been perpetuated throughout the entirety of this election season.
Ultimately, it has been a wake up call to America. We, as a nation, became prideful. Believing that we were indeed the epitome of a Christian nation, when in fact, the election exposed the true hearts of men. It showed that though we professed to be "one nation under God," we are a nation where God is worshipped in public, yet Satan is worshipped in the hearts of many. This election made it all bare and exposed everyone's heart. It not only exposed the hearts with hatred, but the hearts with fear who silently find their hope in man and not in God. So while we were sitting high and pretty in our pride, claiming to be the best nation in the world, God was continuously giving silent whispers of "humble yourself." And this week, we watched as it all came to a head and we realized that our roses do stink and we need to humble ourselves and pray.
This morning as I prepared for work, because after all there is still work to be done, I took a different perspective. I didn't share my opinion on Facebook or get into any Internet debates. Instead, I invited folks to join me at church to learn about the Kingdom of God, because now, more than ever, we need to pray that "Thy Kingdom come." In this Kingdom, there is no Jew or Gentile, no poverty, hurt, or division. This is the Kingdom that we have to pray comes to earth through us. We have to be Kingdom ambassadors and expand the territory of the king who sent us. We have to pray, evangelize, and live a life the reflects those who are subject to the Most High King.
Needing a break from the office climate, I took a lunch run. During that time, God moved me to pray for President-elect Trump that he might have an encounter with Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only one that can change a heart. Only Jesus has the power to change hatred into love and division into unity. So us bashing, internet debating, and complaining is just a wasted breath and missed opportunity to pray that many folks in this nation have an encounter with Jesus. I have seen many people mock the notion to pray, but that's our only option. We ought to take 1 Timothy 2: 1-3 more seriously than ever. Pray for our new leader. Pray for those in office, because when God answers the prayers of the righteous, we can see a change of hearts and a revival in this nation. It reads:
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.
If we pray for the head, allowing God to do His work, then we will reap the benefits of a peaceful and quiet life. Once the head is right, the body can follow suit. Furthermore, the most important thing is that our mission is to win souls for Christ. God wants all saved, including those in power that we may not agree with. So, as much as it pains me to see the state of the nation in which we live, I am even more pressed to do my role as a Kingdom citizen. I am more pressed to pray for our leaders, more pressed to pray for the world to encounter Jesus, more pressed to pray that God's Kingdom come, more pressed to use my platforms as a means of evangelism, and more pressed to do the work of the Father who sent me.
I hope that you, too, are moved to take your responsibility more seriously than we have been. I hope that you are also moved to get more into the word and understand how to use Kingdom principles in your life. This is our call to action.
Well...we're here, America. But now that we've come to a place where hearts have been exposed, what will you do?