We are in the final throes of a very critical election in America. We’ve heard thousands of sound bites from every direction telling us, and the sheep we lead, exactly what the “real” problems are and what we “must” do.
But where is the voice from the pulpit? What should we say to our people at this vital moment in our history? Is there no word from God? How can we help them cut through the noise, listen to God, and make choices that will yield spiritual results—choices with which God is pleased?
There is no more opportune moment to equip our people. If God directs, why not take one of the next two Sundays and remind them of these vital truths? Lead them to see the real problem and the real solution. Remind them that …
God is still governing the affairs of men.
The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all (Psalm 103:19 NASB).
God’s position is not decided by a popular vote. He is THE King. There is a throne established with ONE seated on it, and He is sovereignly ruling over the world He created.
He is dispensing judgment where it is needed, and showing mercy when His people humble themselves, turn from their wicked ways, and cry out. Part of His judgment is to allow us to eat the fruit of our own rebellious ways.
There is no political leader whose power trumps God’s. “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD: He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1). Look at God’s sovereign manipulation of Pharaoh and Cyrus—both emperors at the top of their game—to see how powerless they really were when the real King wanted to utilize them to accomplish His objectives.
Often kings are used by God to execute judgment to bring His people to repentance. Sometimes kings were humbled so that God could deliver His people who were crying out to Him.
One thing is certain: Our sovereign King is moving human history to its ultimate conclusions. And He is right on schedule.
God’s Word is still the guide for every decision we make.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105).
With God as the perfect King, what He says is always right and authoritative. If, by the grace of God, we have become His faithful followers, His words are not only binding on us but also beneficial, because “in keeping them there is great reward” (Psalm 19:11).
As believers, our best option is to take political platforms and weigh them against the clear directives of Scripture:
• What does the Bible say about the sanctity of human life?
• What is the biblical definition of marriage?
• What are the biblical directives about finances?
• Does the Bible address homosexuality at all and, if so, what does God say?
• What are His exact prescriptions about the poor, and to whom are those words addressed?
Sadly, no political platform is purely and soundly biblical, so the best we can do is to consider those moral areas that are close to the heart of God and see which candidates line up most clearly with Scripture. We must understand deeply and respond accordingly to the truth that “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).
This should be one more fresh moment to teach people about the authority and value of God’s Word for our lives. Show them, once again, how relevant it is to every area of life. When the light of God’s Word is thrown on the political path, the fog lifts quickly.
The healing of our land will not come with a richer economy but with a repentant church.
If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:13-14).
Secular politics is almost always driven by money. Politicians know that if they can appeal to the greed in human hearts, they can get elected.
But God’s great agenda in this age is His Bride. He is preparing her and perfecting her for a life in His eternal kingdom.
His great desire is to expand the church with people purchased by His blood “from every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9). He desires to purify that Bride so that she is His powerfully effective instrument for the spreading of His gospel and the expansion of His kingdom.
Any political moment is a time to ask the question, “What does the King want from His Bride?” If she is wayward, He is using everything in the nation—even loss, calamity, financial disaster, lack of protection from Her enemies, the good and bad decisions of kings—to bring His people to see the real need and repent. Scan human history and see if this is not always the case, and remember that God and His ways are “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrew 13:8).
Finally . . .
If you really want to know (and inform your people about) what God wants from us right now, read the seven letters He has already delivered to us in Revelation 2–4. Find those that are most applicable, and see God’s solution to our current crisis. Be sure to notice how often He uses the word repent.
As a spiritual leader, don’t go silent at a moment of national noise. Let God’s truth cut through the clamor like a sharp, two-edged sword to show them the real issues and the real answers.