Who gets the “credit” for the surprising neck in neck and even in some cases landslide victories in the elections for United States Congress this week? Who is “in charge” of America now? Well, while many may be seeking the credit for the strategizing, voter motivation, turn of events, etc. why don’t we give the real credit and the real glory to God who is in charge of current and eternal events? Lest we forget how bleak things were looking before the past election day, let us pause and give thanks to God for the victory!
“May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. May the LORD answer all your prayers.” Exodus 15:2 (NLT)
Yes, there has been a “cataclysmic shift” in the political realm. Cataclysm generally means a sudden and violent upheaval or disaster that causes great changes in society. Well, the 2014 midterm elections fall into such a category. Where is the danger in the outcomes of yesterday’s election one might ask?
The danger is that we may forget how the victories were won. We may think that our political savvy did the job. We may be glorifying politics rather than the God of all creation. I have to admit that I was very tempted to gloat when I started reading all of the reports about the valiant pro-life candidates who were elected this cycle.
For a moment, my head swelled up at the exit poll results that prove that many people heard our pleas and voted “pro-life” this time around. I wanted to take a little credit for all the hard work and sacrifices that many of us have made to deliver the message of voting our values, voting for life, voting for marriage God’s way, voting for jobs and not handouts, voting for constitutional freedoms, and on and on. Yes, I wanted to feel that I had played at least a small part in making all of this happen. But thanks be to God that I came to my senses. To God be the glory, let no human being glory in HIS presence. Friends, I repent, and I ask God to let me never forget to whom the glory belongs.
Let us never forget: God’s mercy transcends the political realm. Let us not raise banners of victory in the name of a political party, but rather in the name of The Lord. For the battle is not ours, but is The Lord’s. This of course does not mean that we should not acknowledge the brilliant and often sacrificial work that went into bringing forth the efforts and energies required to help these victories to be made manifest.
“If my people, which 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.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Yes, key, first and foremost the winning elements have been and will remain faith, hope, love and righteous prayer. As we follow this path, we will discover that all human beings, regardless of ethnicity, socio-economic status and other distinguishing characteristics, we will discover that it is truly stated that we are all created of one blood, being one human race, having similar needs and desires.
Jobs – Let the PEOPLE work!
Life – Let the PEOPLE live long and prosper!
Family – Let the PEOPLE [SPIRIT, SOUL and BODY] heal!
Education – Let the PEOPLE know.
Security – Let the PEOPLE pray.
THE WORD – “Let my PEOPLE go!”
WE ARE THE PEOPLE!!! Pray for Righteousness, Peace and Justice