Last year the film War Room stole the hearts of millions Americans, myself included. The importance of prayer was shown in a practical way, reminding us of Biblical concepts such as going into a private room to pray and utilizing prayer as a powerful weapon against the enemy who comes to “kill, steal, and destroy” (John 10:10).
Christians everywhere were inspired to pray more for their spouses and their marriages. We were reminded that the most important battles can only be won on our knees.
This year’s presidential campaigns, debates, and primaries evoked much concern, grief and a plethora of other negative (or positive depending on one’s political position) emotions in our hearts.
Together with millions of other American conservatives, I found myself ashamed of our presidential candidates, angry at the gullibility of so many “evangelical voters” and acutely worried for the future of our country.
Many God-fearing men like Max Lucado (Decency For President) and Michael L. Brown (Donald Trump: The Vacillator-in-Chief) implored the conservative voters to have some common sense when voting for a republican presidential nominee.
However, it appears the majority of conservative voters have closed their eyes and ears and decided to put a man without the slightest iota of godly principles into the highest of political offices in the US simply because he is “not establishment.”
I do not want to get into my own list of reasons why I, as an evangelical Christian, will never support Trump, even if it all comes to Hillary vs Trump. I simply could not do so due to principle and common sense. That list closely resembles Brown and Lucado’s sentiments.
However, I do want to share with you lessons I have learned, ones related to the current political arena after recently watching War Room again.
1). I need to set aside my list of Trump negatives and put him on my prayer list. Remember the episode where Ms. Clara asks Liz to write all the negatives about Liz’s husband? All the list of negatives does is make me want to slap Trump’s face for all the abhorrent things he says, hardly a Christian thing to do. He is terribly in need of God’s grace and mercy as am I, and only God can change a man. So, I welcome the Holy Spirit’s conviction for applauding Matt Walsh and his choice of words (here, here, here, and here) when writing about Trump. Donald Trump, you are on my prayer list and I sincerely hope and pray you find a real relationship with Jesus. And forgive me for wanting to slap your face.
2). Our battle is not with Trump. “We do not wrestle with flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
3). We, the body of Christ, need to humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways before asking God to save our country. How can we demand a godly president if we ourselves have become hypocritical, egotistical, and unloving towards our own brothers and sisters? “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).
4). We would be much more effective warriors if we get on our knees and pray. Instead of griping about the current sad state of affairs in our country, instead of having long witted discussions trying to convince others of their folly, instead of writing extensive articles on why we are angry with the conservative voters, why don’t we spend that time being warriors on our knees and let God move?
5). We need to stop looking for a man to save our country and look upon the Savior of the world who has everything under His control – yes, even the current disastrous presidential election.
I will fall on my knees and fight like a warrior. Will you do the same?
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