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The 2016 Election and What I’m Urging You to Do

Are you just “done” with it all? Like one of my friends who is so sick of all the election rhetoric that she shuts down when the topic comes up? I understand. It is loud these days, isn’t it? If you’re “done” consider this, consider the responsibility we have in this election. It may not be something you hear called for at the political debates or on the front page of the paper, but it is our responsibility. Here it is:

[box]First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way (1 Timothy 2:1–2).[/box]

We are not invited, but urged in this passage to intercede, to cry out, for all “who are in high positions.” We are watching a daily brawl playing out before the American people in the contest for the nomination of the highest office in our republic. And it is horrific.

And we must be praying.

The man or woman who will be elected President of the United States will make decisions that (if the Lord does not return soon) will impact multiple generations. The public displays broadcasted throughout this election cycle reflect the raw vulgarity and indecency of our culture. Almost daily lies are revealed, corruption uncovered, and abuse hurled.

The challenge for the serious believer in this season is to consider whether there is a candidate that, in good conscience, you can endorse. How can I endorse, support, and vote for, an individual whose public conduct is antithetical to core values of Scripture? Granted, we can’t expect a candidate to fit the requirements of a pastor or spiritual leader, but neither should we vote for an individual who we can not hold up as a role model for our children in their behavior and treatment of others.

For me, there are certain non-negotiables when it comes to who I will endorse. That individual must fight tirelessly for the unborn and the defenseless, must be a person of integrity and proven morality, must be a defender and protector of religious liberty, and demonstrate real respect for individuals and the sanctity of human life—in the womb and all the way to the last moments of life.

I don’t know who will be elected president, but I do know what we are called to do today. We are called to pray. Urged to pray.

And that is what I’m asking you to join me in doing. Will you pray?

[box]May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts, those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?

“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord;

“I will place him in the safety for which he longs.” (Psalm 12:3–5)[/box]

May it be so.

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10 Comments

  • Julie Musil

    Kimberly, I’m horrified. I’ve been praying about this and the state of our nation. Teaching my sons about the political process is difficult when I can’t even watch the debates with them. Our nation is so special, and this saddens me. I’ll continue to pray.

  • Lynda

    I’m praying regularly about the upcoming election. I’ve never seen anything like what we are seeing on the debate stage. It is truly embarrassing for our nation. As believers, we need to to be on our knees asking that God would forgive our sins and heal our land. May He direct the path of our nation according to His will and for His glory!

  • Bonnie Haskell

    This post was a great encouragement to our ladies’ Bible study today. Thank you! (And… please note that the 2 Timothy reference should be 1 Timothy. Oops!) 😉

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thank you for joining me in prayer, Julie. Although I don’t want to get into a “political discussion” publicly, I do feel I have a responsibility to address this topic from a biblical worldview and will have a few posts this week for that reason. Bottom line–we need God to work a miracle!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thanks for the encouragement, Viv, hope you’ll share it with others–we all need to be on our knees!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Oh, I’m so thankful your Bible study group was encouraged, glad to know that you shared it with them. And THANK YOU so much for pointing out the incorrect reference. Oh, my, not sure how I did that! Correcting that now! 🙂