Not on my Watch!
In the midst of overwhelming tragedy, Job responds to the foolish ‘wisdom’ of his friends with a measure of sarcasm: “Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food? Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?” While the obvious answer is that it should, it isn’t always the case, especially if we aren’t really listening.
In the course of our national debate over the upcoming presidential election, like Job, I sometimes find myself wondering where the wisdom is among those who have lived long in this land. It is interesting how our political mores have developed to the extent that lying is so natural and comfortable. It’s inconceivable that so many adults claiming to be followers of Christ are clueless about the truth and the values the candidates represent. We have exchanged wisdom for foolishness as we give lip service to the Bible, yet ignore the clear teaching of God on matters of morality, character and virtue at the peril of true freedom.
Last week I wrote about not losing our cool in the private and public discourses in which we engage, or in the way we speak about political candidates. That was not an excuse for not being involved in discourse. The truth must be told. A friend of mine recently asked someone installing a security system in his home who he was voting for and why. In the course of the conversation, this man admitted he had not really investigated or given thought to what was really true. His decision was based upon feelings, not facts.
As we approach the upcoming election, I encourage you to pray for wisdom—for those who vote as well for those who lead. We cannot forget what is at stake for today and for generations to come. Job asked whether wisdom resides with the aged. That’s a good question. Those who are wise understand that only when we humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways, will God heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
During the bombings of London in WWII, one of Churchill’s advisors organized a group of people to pray for protection every night at a prescribed hour for one minute. Not long afterward, the bombing stopped. Perhaps we ought to follow their example.
In fact, a group of people has organized a similar effort here in America. I encourage you to accept the invitation to pray each evening at 9:00 pm. Stop whatever you're doing and pray for at least one minute. Why not five minutes or more? Pray that voters will choose wisely at the upcoming election, and for the restoration of faith and virtue as cornerstones of our national character. Invite your children and grandchildren to pray as well.
Joshua challenged the Israelites to choose whether they would serve God or the gods of the land. We face a similar choice us as we go to the polls this year. Carefully consider whom you will serve. The choice you make by your vote could have consequences beyond anything you ever imagined. Regardless of what others choose, he who is truly wise will stand with Joshua and declare: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”
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