Before this election season comes to a close, there are some things to think about that have nothing to do with a candidate. While everyone else is focused on details, there is a need for a broader perspective. And since many of the pulpits are silent on current issues, I am compelled to sound the alarm of truth.
What is happening that is causing all of this chaos of varying opinions and our need to be so openly forceful in our beliefs? Chaos and force. Two very strong words that have described and guided the social atmosphere and emotions of this confused country during this season. Could there be something going on that we cannot see that has pushed us to this extreme?
No matter your spiritual beliefs, you can feel the change and you can feel the tension. There seems to have been a sudden push toward what we are experiencing, like it came out of nowhere. Like we are being collectively squeezed and suffocated, we are in a panic to survive and we are running about screaming where to go and what to do. But, we are confused and don’t know what is happening, therefore don’t know which is the way toward survival. We are yelling at each other thinking we know the way, bumping into each other, pushing and fighting, scratching, pulling and completely oblivious to what is causing the madness.
When we continue to do things the same way and expect change, it is insanity. We MUST consider a different perspective. If we’d only look up. Take a step away. Ask some questions. Seek something outside of where we are and what is going on. What we are doing isn’t working. What is guiding us isn’t doing us any good. We are killing each other and we are killing this country.
And what we continue to do isn’t working because we are reacting to what is physically happening. But, the battle that we are fighting isn’t in the physical. The reason that we can’t control or change what is going on, the reason that there continues to be chaos and madness, even though there are many opinions on which way is best, is because we are attempting to fight a spiritual battle by physical means.
We are fighting each other. And as we rip each other apart and force our opinions, the chasm of this country grows wider. WE are not each others’ enemies! But, there is an enemy that is playing us and it has just been too easy. We are suckers. We have been caught up in the chaos that has been dangled over us like a carrot and we are too blind to stop chasing it!
12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)
This country, that has stood for Christian values since its inception, is being fought over. The powers of darkness are trying to win rights over this land. What we are physically seeing around us is but a glimpse of what we aren’t seeing. It has been years in the making, one step at a time. One right after another challenged and overthrown. How else can you explain how the country with the largest Christian population is also the greatest exporter of pornography and full of Christians who think that it is ok? The water has slowly gotten warmer and now that it has reached it’s boiling point we don’t know how we got here and have no clue how we can jump out.
The warming water is called deception. It is what the ruler of the darkness, Satan, uses to gain control and distract us from what is truth. When we are slowly deceived it doesn’t seem so bad and is easier to tolerate than if the lies were thrown at us all at once. We have allowed things to happen while giving Satan all the access he needs to bring us to the all out spiritual battle we are now facing.
But, all is not lost. The battle is not over. Satan has not and will not win. This chaos that we find ourselves in can be stopped. And it begins by recognizing it for what it is. It is an attack. It is an attack on our beliefs and the souls of every person in this nation.
Satan is trying to silence the truths of Christianity and take away our credibility. What better way than to tempt us to act like fools and not like Jesus at all? How many of us during this season have gone against all that scripture teaches us that we should be? And each time we do it, it gets easier to do it again until we are no different than the world. And when we are no different than the world, what is the point in trying to lead anyone to Jesus? You see what Satan has done? Are you ok with be played and manipulated? You should be ticked that he has corrupted your passions.
But, here is my advice: Repent. Redirect your passions toward prayer and reading scripture. Follow the counsel from James 1:9 to be slow to speak. We don’t always have to voice our opinion. Sometimes the strongest opinion is to not have one. And this does not mean that you should be passive. Take your thoughts to God and let Him work it out.
The way to fight the spiritual battle that we are in is through prayer. Stepping away from the situation and allowing God to fight the battle. Showing Satan that we are not his pawns and we can’t be fooled into playing his game. We must stand firm and not be tempted and swayed into the ways of the world.
If we continue on the paths that we are currently walking on, things are going to get worse. God is allowing everything that is happening to get our attention and to test our hearts. His desire is for us to see the truth. By allowing things to get so obviously bad, it is God’s desire that we recognize what we must do. That we must change our ways in order to get a different outcome.
I am not trying to instill fear. Those who are secure in Jesus and put all of their faith and trust in him have no need to fear. But if you don’t know him, then you have no hope. The only peace and the only hope is in belief of and in following Jesus. He is the one who came and died for our sins so that we might have life forever. Otherwise, we are left to fight our own battles, to die for our own sins a death that lasts forever.
Judgement is coming to this country if we don’t repent and turn from our wicked ways. Christians are the ones to blame because we know better and are supposed to be the example of Jesus. No one will know who the true Jesus is if we don’t act any different than the world. Do you want to ignore the warnings from God and stick your heads back in the sand? The results will not be good for you. I promise. And so does God.
I believe the results of the election will be a good indicator of the health of the church. But, is hard to know exactly what is going to happen at the end of election day. There have been so many rumors of various things happening that we don’t even know if we can trust the results! But, I do know this: God is still in control! He is not surprised by the two candidates that we have to choose from or the craziness that has transpired over the past months. He knows what must happen to get people’s attention and to bring about his purposes. Throughout scripture we see that time after time when God’s people turned away from Him that it took trial and suffering to bring them back. And like a good father, He “disciplines the one he loves.” (Hebrews 12:6)
So if it takes this country going through persecution, judgement and other trials as a consequence of this election to turn the people to God, then so be it!
But, don’t lose hope. Take a step away from the chaos and into God’s peace. Allow God to help you see what is going on and that He is still in control. Allow God to test your heart and your motives of living for Him. Are you being selfish or are you willing to do and live through whatever is necessary to bring others to a saving knowledge of Jesus? No matter what happens God knows what is best. Rest in Him and shine brightly the hope of Jesus to this country that so desperately needs it. Keep your focus on God in the days ahead. And in a world of confusion and hatred, choose peace and love. Choose Jesus.
3His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
10Therefore, my brothers and sisters,a make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
(2 Peter 1:3-11)