My Thoughts

Politics and Prayer

By on July 7, 2016

It’s Election Year

Yes, it’s Leap Year—that means it’s election year in the USA. What a privilege it is that we are allowed to select our leaders through a free vote as citizens. It is also a huge responsibility to vote for the people we think are best suited to lead us into the future.

“Fur is Flying”

Sadly, our political elections have become rather nasty events. Both sides question the character of the other candidate. Both sides make claims that are stretching the truth/facts to put it nicely. Both sides are claiming total collapse and chaos if the opposing person were to win.

What’s a Christian To Do?

It’s easy to be overwhelmed. Sorting out the claims and counter-claims would take a lifetime and access to information none of us really have. Even more disturbing, I’ve seen a number of believers get mired down into arguments that are just not godly representations of us as kingdom citizens.

1. Remembering Who We Are

As a starting point, go back to the Bible. We are first and foremost citizens of the Kingdom of God/Heaven. We live as ambassadors here on earth—representatives of that Kingdom. That is not to say we should not be involved. We just need to be involved in the way the Bible asks us to do life and function here on earth.

  • We are Christ’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:21)

  • We are to love as Jesus loved (John 15:35)

  • We are called to pray (1 Timothy 2:1-3)

  • We are to treat others as we want to be treated ourselves (Matthew 7:12)

2. Remember God is Bigger Than The Leader
Proverbs 21:1, says “The King’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord: He (The Lord) guides it wherever he pleases.” The best way for us to have influence is to pray. That is a far different tact than yelling, shouting, cursing at those whom we are in disagreement. As our guest speaker Alan Scott said in April, “On November 9th (the day after election), Jesus will still be Lord, King and Savior.”

3. Keep a Kingdom Perspective

Remember from a Christian point of view, more of Heaven is present on earth than ever. According to researchers, people are getting saved at a rate of 3,000 every 30 minutes rather than 3,000 on a single day like Acts 2. We are seeing increased revelation and understanding about the King and the Kingdom as we’re empowered more and more by the Holy Spirit. Romans 5:20 says that as darkness increases, Grace will much more increase. Thus I believe our best days are ahead.

4. Seek Wisdom and Pray

Dave Ferguson, Senior Pastor of Naperville Community Christian, recently did a message “How To Choose A President”. It is insightful, helpful, and Bible based. This 17-minute video is a very good perspective on how to move through this election season is a godly way. You can watch it here.

Through all of this, we need to remember who we are. We do have a responsibility to pray and get involved in the election process. However we are first and foremost Christian with a set of guidelines/wisdom for how we approach these issues. My prayer for all of us is that we represent Jesus with great faithfulness and honor so that we bring glory to both the King and His Kingdom. Pray that the Lord gives us the leader we need to live quiet and peaceful lives (1 Timothy 2:2).

Final Thoughts

Thanks for being part of a family that wants to do things God’s way. I believe the Kingdom will win! AND we will all be blessed

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HAPPY LEMAN
URBANA, IL

Hi and welcome! I'm Happy. My wife Dianne and I are the founders of the Vineyard Church of Central Illinois, a multi-site church with 6 campus locations. Over the last 30+ years, I have learned alot about leadership in life and leading a church. I have made some mistakes and had some successes. I look forward to sharing the wisdom I have learned with you. I strive everyday to see Jesus as bigger, better, and more beautiful. And I am wholeheartedly committed to the ministry Jesus promised his followers in John 14:12: to be able to do the same and greater works through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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