“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.” Psalm 22:27 ESV
The 2020 Election has come and gone. We now find ourselves as a nation in the midst of a dispute regarding the election results. This post is not to discuss my views of the election results, but to share a perspective on how we can move forward as a nation and the Church of Jesus Christ in these tumultuous times. I’m about turning a nation toward God. He is the ultimate Healer. He says, “My people (who are known by My name) humbly pray, follow My commandments, and abandon any actions or thoughts that might lead to further sinning, then I shall hear their prayers from My house in heaven, I shall forgive their sins, and I shall save their land from the disasters” (2 Chronicles 7:14 VOICE).
God’s love, compassion, and mercy toward humankind is far greater than any human could imagine, and He is already determined to bring humanity into a place of peace with Him—and harmony with each other. He loves His creation and wants personal fellowship with humanity.
The word beyond has significant meaning as we await the outcome of the election dispute.
Beyond on, at, or to the farther side of: farther on than; more distant than: beyond the horizon; outside the understanding, limits, or reach of; past.
The definition of beyond reminded me of Mark 4:35, after Jesus had finished explaining to His disciples about the purpose of the parables of the sower, the light under a basket, the growing seed, and the mustard seed. When evening came He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” After sending the the crowd away they got into the boat to cross over to the other side.
We must understand the tides of our times and specifically the nature of the spiritual warfare taking place around us through the influence and deception of the political and religious spirit. We must go beyond the chaos ensuing this nation ensuring that we are in step with the Holy Spirit and that no other spirit of this world—specifically the political and religious spirit—corrupts our course or causes us to step falsely.
These past four or more years have revealed that we are a deeply divided, polarized nation. President Abraham Lincoln at the close of the Republican State Convention on on March 4, 1865, Lincoln said “a house divided against itself cannot stand,” regarding the issue of slavery in the 1850’s. 1 He understood that the nation could not move forward if the issue of slavery was not addressed and eradicated. We should heed his words today. There are issues within America that need to be resolved according to God’s justice.
Jesus made a similar statement in Matthew 12:25-27, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?”
Twenty-twenty has been a tumultuous years with the onset of Covid-19, the loss of thousands of American lives, racial tensions, protesting, looting, etc. If we remain divided among political parties, how will we be able to stand as “one nation under God” to address the issues facing this nation today?
America is full of broken, oppressed and hurting people in need of healing and deliverance. The prophet Isaiah prophesied this about the coming Anointed One, “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,” (Isaiah 61:1). On the Sabbath day Jesus went into the synagogue, stood up to read the scroll of the prophet Isaiah which said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18)
We find ourselves at a crossroads as a nation. The decisions we make today as a nation, and the church will have far-reaching consequences in the future. This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ Jeremiah 6:16
We find ourselves at a crossroads as a nation. The decisions we make today as a nation, and the church will have far-reaching consequences in the future.Tweet
I believe Hebrews 6:9 says that greater things should accompany our salvation. The western church has been in decline for a number of years. The church needs to return to its roots once again. We must reclaim our values as believers in Jesus Christ. Reclaim authentic Christianity. Return to preaching the gospel message, teaching sound doctrine, true worship of the living God.
Greater things should accompany our salvation! The church must return to authentic Christianity, preaching the gospel of the Kingdom if we are to reclaim the values espoused in Scriptures; teaching sound doctrine, and true worship of the living God.Tweet
Dr Martin Luther King spoke a great truth when he said “The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state.”
How we move forward will determine the future of this nation and the church. It won’t happen overnight, but the church must return to authentic Christianity, preaching the gospel of the Kingdom if we are to reclaim the values espoused in Scriptures; teaching sound doctrine. Apostle Paul instructed Timothy regarding the importance of sound doctrine: “Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you” (1 Timothy 1:13–14).
No matter who is President, Jesus is King!Tweet
During this climatic season, let us love one another as we have been commanded in the Scriptures. Don’t allow bitterness, anger or clamor fill your hearts in this volatile season regardless of who wins the election. “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice; and be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” —Ephesians 4:31-32
This should be our earnest, sincere prayer!
- Lincoln’s “House Divided” speech, https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h2934.html