The election is over; or is it? If one thing stands out because of our presidential election, it is that our country is in need of a healing.
Party divisions, racial tension, the heated issues, moral choices, protecting our constitution, fear or fear mongering, so many things on the hearts of we, the people. A lot of promises have been made and all the world is watching.
As the church (the bride of Christ), I pray this has been a wakeup call to the Great Commission. We have seen, and are seeing, prophecy fulfilled as God’s Word still radiates that it is the truth, the only foundation on which we can build upon and trust fully.
The healing process that we need in America begins with the church. As God spoke to His people in the past in 2 Chronicles 7:14 and to us now, He clearly says, “If My people who are called by My name will 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.”
This passage of Scripture has a lot to say but I want to focus on the church’s need to repent, the church’s need to “turn from their wicked ways”. In so many ways we have been caught with our pants down because we have not girded our waist with the truth. Our hearts have been perverted because we have not protected it with the breastplate of righteousness.
We need to take off our passiveness boots and shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace, and above all, taking the shield of faith with which we will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one, casting aside fear and doubt. We are to take or put on the helmet of salvation and take the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, and attack the evil forces in darkness that is attacking our country.
God loves people more than anything; and we need to reflect that by our actions starting in our homes, our churches, our work place and community. We need to support our new leadership with prayer, but most of all, we (the church) have a responsibility to God and this country to put on the full armor of God and fight. This country’s foundation was built upon faith in God, by God fearing men and women, and it is worth protecting and saving.
Every day we cast a vote! Every time someone rubs us the wrong way, every time God gives us an opportunity to reflect His love and compassion, every time we think a thought, we cast a vote. Every day is an election process. Many people are hurting and lost and they need us to cast the right (and righteous) vote.
Our new leadership may, or may not, keep his promises but I know that God does and that I can stand upon. So, when He says that if we (the church) will repent and turn from our wicked ways that healing will come, then I elect to fall before Him and seek His face, and see if there be some wicked way in me, and change. I am responsible for my actions regardless of how everything plays out and I cast my vote to serve my God and impact those I see with His love, grace, and mercy. How will you cast your vote in the days to come?
The Rev. Doug Stull is pastor at the Shepherd of the Valley UB Church, located at 297 Riff Ave.