The Most Important Election in Our Lifetime?
Almost everyone I talk to is disgusted and disheartened about the condition of our nation, the election, and the candidates. Social media is full of disparaging comments, photos, and videos asking the question, “Is this the best we could come up with?”
The temptation for many of us is to turn away from the whole process, but could this be the most important election in our lifetime?
My Old Testament reading today was from Jeremiah 9 & 10. As I was working on today’s daily post, I found myself looking once again at truths that speak to us and to this election. The daily post kept getting longer and longer so I’m sending it out late and separately.
Sin, Lies & Politics
Jeremiah is often called the weeping prophet. He was heartbroken over the spiritual and moral condition of his nation. In chapter 9 he said:
2 Oh, that I had in the wilderness
A lodging place for travelers;
That I might leave my people,
And go from them!
For they are all adulterers,
An assembly of treacherous men.
3 “And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies.
They are not valiant for the truth on the earth.
For they proceed from evil to evil,
And they do not know Me,” says the Lord.
We don’t use bows and arrows today, but we have all seen them. We understand how the bow is loaded with the arrow and then pulled back and fired at the target. In fact, the bow’s sole purpose is to launch arrows.
This was a picture of people whose lives were characterized by lies. Just like the bow is known for shooting arrows, so these people were known for a life of deceit. Jeremiah goes on to say,
“They weary themselves to commit iniquity” (9.5).
In our nation, it seems like every day there are new allegations and demonstrations of ungodly behavior on the part of one or both of our candidates … everything from cover-ups and deleted emails to so called “locker room talk.”
And, at least in one party, it appears systemic. Even those connected to the candidate “weary themselves to commit iniquity.”
If you can believe the most recently leaked emails, (even the writers aren’t denying their truth, only attacking the source), the political elite have contempt and disgust for people of faith.
Like many of our politicians, the people of Jeremiah’s day thought they were so wise (9.12). Perhaps, like today, they thought the religion of their fathers was for the weak and the unenlightened. We shouldn’t be surprised. 1 Corinthians 1 says:
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written.
“ I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
Look at God’s response to Jeremiah:
13 And the Lord said, “Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice, nor walked according to it, 14 but they have walked according to the dictates of their own hearts and after the Baals, which their fathers taught them,” 15 therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Behold, I will feed them, this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink. 16 I will scatter them also among the Gentiles, whom neither they nor their fathers have known. And I will send a sword after them until I have consumed them.”
And in verses 23 & 24:
23 Thus says the LORD.
“ Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
Let not the mighty man glory in his might,
Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
24 But let him who glories glory in this,
That he understands and knows Me,
That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these I delight,” says the LORD.
The Most Important Election in our Lifetime?
All this will be totally disheartening if we don’t remember that God is still in control. It doesn’t mean that come election day we should just sit home and do nothing. Franklin Graham calls this election the most important one in our lifetime. He goes on to say:
The presidential race isn’t about personalities–both candidates are flawed. What it really comes down to is the appointment of Supreme Court justices. The Supreme Court is the most powerful body of decision makers in our nation, and they serve life terms. Their beliefs matter. Many of the things they rule on are important to God–including issues like abortion, the definition of marriage, and religious freedoms. The next president of the United States will immediately appoint one Supreme Court justice and may appoint up to a total of five while in office. The justices who are appointed will impact the direction of our country for the next hundred years.
I am sure you would agree that our nation is in serious trouble. But I firmly believe that if Christians will fervently pray and get involved in the political process, God can use us to make a difference. It is critical that God’s people vote and let the Christian voice be heard in America. Our only hope is Almighty God.
While we are not responsible for the results, we are responsible to be faithful (1 Cor. 4.2).
I don’t know how God will allow this election to turn out, but I take comfort in His love and goodness. He knows what is required to turn people back to Himself. Perhaps as a nation, we will have to suffer greater tragedy and political turmoil. So instead of focusing merely on the candidates and fretting about the outcome, lets be faithful to our calling.
We are to speak the truth just as Jeremiah did in his day, to pray for our nation and her people, including the candidates, and to put our faith and trust in God rather than any political process. And as we do … let’s remember that God takes care of His faithful remnant even in the midst of chaos and judgment.
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