For months we've been inundated with ads, controversies, and antics surrounding America's coming election. It's been touted as the most important election of our generation. Record setting early voting seems to prove that point!
A smattering of Independents are on the ballot, but the country is pretty much focused on the Republican and Democratic parties. One is represented by an Elephant and the other a Donkey.
My thoughts however, tend to run toward a different pair of animals: The Sheep and the Goat!
Let me explain.
Watching the out workings of God speaking loudly into His world, I've been trained to look beyond what is seen to the unseen! It hasn't been easy. The distractions are endless. Yet through a regimen of prayer, bible study, and current event research, I've gained a little understanding. Not just about what's happening in America but globally.
I've stated in previous blog posts that I believe America is under the Lord's judgement and that we are living out End Times prophecy! These are not the rantings of yet another Doomsday prophetess. All that is really needed is a diligent study of Bible Eschatology!
Like many, I've tried to make sense of the world we are experiencing. From the bible, I've read the book of Daniel, studied the prophets, gleaned from the book of Judges and researched the leadership styles of Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, and Ahasuerus. Each had a unique relationship with God's people. I found a lot of parallels in my reading to our current government leaders and situations but only one solution.
It was when I reviewed the teachings of Christ in the Gospels that I found both a warning and a peace regarding the November 3rd election no matter what the outcome! The task before America and the world at large is too big for either a Democrat or a Republican or any world leader for that matter. To straighten this mess out we're going to need Someone more equipped...a Shepherd!
NOT A REPUBLICAN OR A DEMOCRAT!
Here are some concerns guiding voters this Election Day:
1. Economic stability
2. Adequate Healthcare
3. Immigration control and protection
4. Social Justice and Equality
Is this not what all the world craves? Here's what I've learned. God has a plan for today's problems and concerns (Jeremiah 29:11). It could be imminent or years away. But until He makes it clear, why not develop a heart of preparedness--individually and as a nation.
Christ speaks of a time of judgement when America (if we still exist) and every nation surviving the Rapture (I Thessalonians 4:15-17) and Tribulation period (Revelation 6:15-17) will give an accounting of their national response to people in need. This will happen just before the Millennial Kingdom (Revelation 20) where He will take over all governments and reign for 1000 years.
I found it interesting that the people in need were not relegated to a specific ethnicity, geographical location, religion or class. They were just people who needed help!
Read what Jesus says in the parable of the Sheep and Goats:
"The Son of Man will come again in His great glory. All His angels will come with Him. He will be King and sit on His great throne. All the people of the world will be gathered before Him. Then He will separate them into two groups as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. The Son of Man will put the sheep [good people] on His right and the goats [bad people] on His left.
Then the King will say to the good people on His right, 'Come, My Father has given you His blessing. Come and receive the kingdom God has prepared for you since the world was made. I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was alone and away from home, and you invited me into your house. I was without clothes, and you gave me something to eat. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison and you visited me.
Then the good people will answer. 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you food? When did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you alone and away from home and invite you into our house? When did we see you without clothes and give you something to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and cared for you?
Then the King will answer, ' I tell you the truth. Anything you did for any of my people here, you also did for me." (Matthew 25: 31-40 ICB)
No matter our failures (and we have many) God has certainly blessed America! But have we been a good steward of these blessings? Are we as generous to others as God has been to us? As we think about the policies that have been argued over the past years, the legislation that has been passed or thwarted. The systemic practices that allow for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness....but only for a select few!
- What would Jesus say about our current healthcare system?
- What would Jesus say about about how we treat immigrants?
- What would Jesus say about social justice and the equity of citizens in systemic biased social and economic producing institutions?