We are once again in the election cycle for the highest office in our land. The airwaves are literally saturated with non-stop political ads and campaign coverage. When we listen to the campaign rhetoric and consider the state of our nation today, it is clear that this is one of the most critical periods in our history. Ungodly behavior that would have been publicly condemned in the past is now openly endorsed by prominent political leaders. Graft and corruption are rampant in government and society, and millennials are generally adrift in a sea of self-absorption and the opiate of entitlement.
In addition to this, we are witnessing an unprecedented assault on the Christian principles upon which our nation was built. Anyone who even remotely stands for Christian values is mocked and attacked by the media, by many judges, and even by some of our elected officials. Those of Christian faith are being told that biblical truth about certain lifestyle choices is hate speech and will not be tolerated. Lawsuits and imprisonment for the practice of Christian faith are becoming very real possibilities.
In troubling times such as these Christians must not stand idly by and let these things continue without voicing our concerns. Neither must we unthinkingly lend our support to those who endorse or promote such ungodly things as are now commonplace. Since we live in a nation where we may make our voices heard, we must speak up for the Lord, for His word, and for His church. And, we must call upon our God to act on behalf of His people in order to preserve us from the wickedness that has engulfed our land, if it is His will.
So then, let us pray that we as a people will not neglect the leading of God’s word as we face the days ahead, and as we make our choices in the election cycle now upon us. Let us remember the words of the wise man Solomon, who said, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Prov. 14:34). Let us pray that instead of putting up with the national disgrace of leaders who endorse and promote sinful behavior, we will seek out and support those who stand up for godly principles and behavior. Let us pray that instead of being participants in ungodly behavior, we will repent of our sins and become a positive influence for others.
Likewise, let us pray that we will remember the warning of Isa. 5:20, which says, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light, and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Let us pray that we will cease making excuses for the evil that we do, and return to living as God has commanded us to do. Let us also pray that our leaders will cease promoting lies about immoral conduct, and instead stand up for godliness.
Our nation has become a haven for those who endorse and practice ungodly behavior. May God forgive us for allowing this to happen! Our silence on these things has given our tacit approval to them. May God forgive us for this sin! May God grant us time to repent and to restore our land to its godly roots! May God save us from the wickedness that surrounds us!