This is another of those times when my procrastination is finally defeated by a LOUD shout from God! Wherever I look, whatever I read or hear reminds me that God gave me the title of this post and He is waiting for me to do something about it. He truly never gives up until He gets His way in my life. How about you?
I don't need to tell you we are in a presidential election season. And as a Christian who wants to vote according to God's will for our country, I feel like I am in a dryer, being tumbled and twisted and overheated in every way. All this, just to get the wrinkles out?
I believe a mighty prayer movement is just about to break out: a prayer movement that cries out against the moral depravity that is smothering our country and others, the massive corruption in our local and state governments that threatens our constitution and national well-being, and a Holy Spirit awakening in the Church as we cry out for God to make Himself known as the only solution....the only resolution (thank you, Misty Edwards).... to our quaking world.
But there's still this nagging question. How should we vote in less than a month? Crude or corrupt very aptly describes each of the two presidential candidates.
I've read articles that remind us that God has used ungodly rulers a few times in the Old Testament to wake His people up. Cyrus was one of those. He was the Persian ruler that, as a heathen king, still heeded the call of God to release the captive Israelites to go back to Jerusalem and re-build their Temple. Could a man who is crude and even vulgar in speech and attitude possibly be a modern day Cyrus? Last night I heard Jerry Fallwell, Jr, president of Liberty University say that "we need to concentrate on America's future instead of Trump's past".
I've also read many other articles from various Christian sources urging us to NOT take the easy way out. David Kubal, President and CEO of Intercessors for America, wrote in the October 7, 2016 issue of their newsletter, "The fourth option, not voting, seems to be the only moral choice for some, but the action of taking no action by Christians could guarantee governmental leadership whose party platform will not protect life in the womb, will not support religious freedom, and will force you to forsake your traditional Christian values or face legal punishment if you resist. Edmund Burke (1729-1797) is known for his famous saying: 'The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.'" Can we ignore all the evidence of deception and corruption in the liberal leadership and in government in general?
The conservative platform pledges to support and protect children before birth and to not support and fund abortion. It pledges to support traditional marriage and family, protection from the policing of tax-exempt organizations who espouse Christian values in the public arena, protection of individuals and businesses for acting on the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and many other social issues important to Christians.
There is also the concern that a future president will put forward Supreme Court judges (a few are expected to retire in the next four years). These judges can either pave the way for more liberal values or for protection of our Judaeo-Christian values and an adherence to the constitution's original intentions for America. They have the final say.....will we?
The only thing I know for sure is that "God has a plan". He is not and will not ignore our prayers. This He has promised those of us who walk humbly before Him and trust His promises. But there is more than that to our responsibilities.
So.......I have carefully looked over the platforms of each candidate. As a Christian there is no ambiguity as to which platform most closely lines up with my views and desires for my government. I urge you to do the same. If you don't know where to go for that information, you can go to the Intercessors For America, www.IFApray.org, and click on "party platforms". They have a great "2016 Presidential Election Voter Prayer Guide" and much more helpful information to help you in this most important decision.
Most importantly, vote! There is no excuse for not prayerfully making a decision, for being fully informed, for voting your choice. Just as important, answer the call to join the dramatic and powerful movement of prayer in the Church. God has blessed us with this country, and it is our responsibility as a Christian to do our part. I'm in....are you?
Just this morning, I saw a small window of blue sky in the otherwise dreary grey overcast, a promise of the bright sun-lit day to come. God is always giving us signs of His love and faithfulness to us.......if we are looking. That is what this blog is all about. Are we looking? And what did we see, hear, smell, or feel that our loving Creator put in our path? Why does He do that? Do we really want to connect that close with His affection for us? So many questions. Let's exhange some of them, and share our own sightings!