More Important than Voting

Unless Jesus Christ decides to coincide his return with the 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election, the world will not end on November 8, 2016. This time next year (barring a miracle, major catastrophe, or the return of Christ) either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be president of the United States of America. Having either of two such depraved persons as our president is a frightening thought, indeed. As someone put it, “Either way, America loses.”

However, what is far scarier is the knowledge that we live in a country where people like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could win their respective party’s nomination. That is a definite sign of how far we have fallen in our national depravity. The people that elected men like George Washington and John Adams would not recognize the country we have become. And the country we have become cannot last long, for we no longer have a solid foundation.

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” -John Adams
“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” -Alexis de Tocqueville

We are in dire straits. We are certainly doomed if we continue down this road. We cannot sit idly on the sidelines, wiling away the hours until we can finally make a statement on November 8. No, we must take action now!

If this was a battle against flesh and blood, the cry would be, “On your feet, man, and let us fight to the last breath!” But since this is a spiritual battle, our cry instead must be, “On your knees, friend! Let us repent!”

“If 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 and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14

Too long have we let evil grow unchecked in the world around us. Too long have we clung to sins ourselves. But it is not too late.

“The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.” When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.” -Jonah 3:6-10

Friends, Christians, Americans, we must repent! If God could spare Nineveh when they repented, can He not do the same for us?

Let us pray for our country and for our leaders. If God could make such an apostle out of Paul, could He not radically change Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? If he could change my heart and your heart, could He not change the hearts of our countrymen?

Let us fall to our knees and repent and pray – and then jump to our feet and proclaim the only message that can change people!

I challenged my 4th-5th grade Sunday School class to find one person each week that they didn’t know and to share the gospel with them. Last week, one of my brave 4th grade boys shared the gospel with a stranger at a soccer game. He was nervous, he was scared, but with God’s help he did it.

Can I do the same?

I let so many opportunities to witness pass me by, such as when the cashier asks me, “How are you?” What I could say is something like, “Saved, by the grace of God. How are you?” But I don’t. Every single day I miss these opportunities with the delivery guy, the mailman, the waitress, the receptionist, the person in line next to me. I challenge myself and I challenge you: take every opportunity to witness.

On your knees, friend, and let us repent. On your feet, friend, and let us shine the light!

Soldiers of Christ, arise, and put your armor on,
Strong in the strength which God supplies through His eternal Son.
Strong in the Lord of hosts, and in His mighty power,
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts is more than conqueror.
Stand then in His great might, with all His strength endued,
But take, to arm you for the fight, the panoply of God;
That, having all things done, and all your conflicts passed,
Ye may o’ercome through Christ alone and stand entire at last.
Stand then against your foes, in close and firm array;
Legions of wily fiends oppose throughout the evil day.
But meet the sons of night, and mock their vain design,
Armed in the arms of heavenly light, of righteousness divine.
Leave no unguarded place, no weakness of the soul,
Take every virtue, every grace, and fortify the whole;
Indissolubly joined, to battle all proceed;
But arm yourselves with all the mind that was in Christ, your Head.
But, above all, lay hold on faith’s victorious shield;
Armed with that adamant and gold, be sure to win the field:
If faith surround your heart, Satan shall be subdued,
Repelled his every fiery dart, and quenched with Jesu’s blood.
Jesus hath died for you! What can His love withstand?
Believe, hold fast your shield, and who shall pluck you from His hand?
Believe that Jesus reigns; all power to Him is giv’n:
Believe, till freed from sin’s remains; believe yourselves to Heav’n.
To keep your armor bright, attend with constant care,
Still walking in your Captain’s sight, and watching unto prayer.
Ready for all alarms, steadfastly set your face,
And always exercise your arms, and use your every grace.
Pray without ceasing, pray, your Captain gives the word;
His summons cheerfully obey and call upon the Lord;
To God your every want in instant prayer display,
Pray always; pray and never faint; pray, without ceasing, pray!
In fellowship alone, to God with faith draw near;
Approach His courts, besiege His throne with all the powers of prayer:
Go to His temple, go, nor from His altar move;
Let every house His worship know, and every heart His love.
To God your spirits dart, your souls in words declare,
Or groan, to Him Who reads the heart, the unutterable prayer:
His mercy now implore, and now show forth His praise,
In shouts, or silent awe, adore His miracles of grace.
Pour out your souls to God, and bow them with your knees,
And spread your hearts and hands abroad, and pray for Zion’s peace;
Your guides and brethren bear for ever on your mind;
Extend the arms of mighty prayer, ingrasping all mankind.
From strength to strength go on, wrestle and fight and pray,
Tread all the powers of darkness down and win the well fought day.
Still let the Spirit cry in all His soldiers, “Come!”
Till Christ the Lord descends from high and takes the conquerors home.
-Charles Wesley
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