And He called to the man clothed with linen, who [had] the writer's inkhorn
and the LORD said to him, "Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it."
Throughout the day today I read quite a few news articles and blogs reacting to the results of last nights Presidential Elections. Some were written with delight, some were written with shock and disbelief, some were written with a “see I told you so” attitude. But a prevelant mentality through most of what I read today was fear.
Those written with delight feared the weak economy and saw Mr. Obama’s plan as the only way to strengthen the nation’s financial foundations.
Those written with shock and disbelief feared the evil to come by the hand of our new President Elect.
Those written with a “see I told you so” attitude feared that America is so far gone that any attempt to stand up to evil would be fruitless. They only saw that no matter how they voted or voiced their opinion, evil would win in the long run, because God has already forsaken us.
I have to admit. When I woke up this morning, I was pretty shocked to see the final results. I was a bit stunned to read that Obama would now be the one that our country would be handed over to.
Over the past few months I have fasted and prayed that righteousness would be restored and justice would be sought for the millions of unborn. I truly believe that John McCain would be the best hope America had to stop the current slide and degradation. When I went to bed last night, I truly believed John McCain would be our President Elect.
So when I woke up, I was shocked. I grieved for the fate of the future unborn is now in even more jeopardy. I questioned my self whether I fasted or prayed enough, or if my faith was strong enough, or if I had any real faith at all when I prayed.
But did I fear? No. I believe that there is still hope and that the time following this history making event will bring great opportunity for the Body of Christ.
There is hope that Mr. Obama will humble himself and repent, such as King Manasseh. 2 Chron 33:9 says “So Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel.” Mr. Obama is deceived. And in his deception he seduced the people of this land, and members within the church, to approve of great evil.
But great affliction came upon him, and in his affliction he implored the Lord, humbled himself, and knew that the Lord was God. And that resulted to the nation turning back to God.
But even if Mr. Obama does not humble himself, there is still hope. The first century church grew and gained great influence under the reign of one of the most evil rulers in the history of Rome. This tells me there is great opportunity for the Body of Christ.
This is a great opportunity, but will we take it? Or will we sit back in lazyness thinking some one else will pull our slack? Will we allow fear to keep us from stepping out in boldness and faith and continue to spread the truth that there is only hope in Christ?
Or will we allow ourselves to believe that God has already forsaken us?
In Ezekiel the God showed His prophet that the Israelites did many wicked abominations, all the while saying “The Lord does not see us, the Lord has forsaken the land.” (Ez 8:12). It was an attitude of fear and despair that allowed them to be blinded and their hearts hardened. It is because the believed God has forsaken the Land that they did not implore of the Lord, humble themselves, and repent for their sin. When God sends forth His wrath and judgement, he instructs one of those in charge of the city to seek out those who are crying out because of the abominations, and mark them so they might not be destroyed. (Side note, our mark is greater than the feared mark of the beast).
The future of our nation still depends on us. Us as Christians, children of the Most High God, and members of the Body of Christ. God is looking for those who cry out because of the abominations in the land, and willing to pray for the leaders of the nation. It is through us speaking and praying His word can His will be done. It is through us praying for our leaders and leaders elect. We need to pray for each and every one of their souls. We need to pray that the blinders would be taken off their eyes, that the scales would fall so they would see clearly. We need to pray that they would come to the knowledge of God through Christ Jesus.
Do not be deceived. Do not be afraid. There is still hope. There is great opportunity. God has not forsaken us.