Ah, the season of political debates and campaign commercials wooing us to vote for one candidate or another. Fall is one of my favorite times of year, but the rhetoric which comes before we vote can quickly cause me to want it to pass.
I get perturbed by the constant bombardment of political ads touting the virtues of one candidate or pointing out the flaws of the other. I am grateful to be an American citizen and thank God for the right to vote for those in office, but it gets more difficult each day to dig through the sludge for truth from either side.
Praise God for the wonderful news that we can depend on him to give us the leader we deserve.
History shows how he continually intervenes in the lives of his creation. From Genesis on, one can read of those who followed the Lord’s leadership, or balked against him and the result of those choices. Nations that have chosen to exalt the Lord Jehovah see the benefits of honoring him. Those that have not soon discover the difficulty of preferring their own direction over his.
As we approach yet another election, I encourage each of us to devote time to Bible study and prayer. God does and will judge every nation. America has struggled over the past 50 years to find her footing as a nation that serves God. Who we choose to put in the office of leadership creates the path we will travel, but ultimately God will place the leader who he sees as the one who is the best fit for the heart of the nation.
Scary, and yet hopeful at the same time.
I love the verse in 2 Chronicles 4:17 which says “If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (KJV). As a Christian, I have been adopted as an heir to the throne and have the assurance of being one of God’s people. It grants me a sense of peace knowing I can go to him and humbly seek his will for this nation. The verse also reminds me of the accountability to live as he would have me live.
I long to see America turn back to the place where we sing “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful” as part of a regular part of life. I desire to see my grandchildren dwell in the safety of a nation that acknowledges that God is our sovereign head, not man. The only action I can take toward those aims is to continually seek the Lord’s will and live the grace that loves those who do not.
Know the candidates? Absolutely. Study the initiatives? Yes. Vote? Definitely. But the most important thing we can do for this nation is look in the mirror and ask ourselves: Am I living a life of humility, seeking the face of God regularly and deliberately choosing to do his will?
Remember, he will give us the leader we deserve.
Amy Torres is a published writer and a spiritual adviser and counselor. She and her husband lead the college ministry at First Baptist Church in Patterson.