BELIZE JOURNAL PT.2 on 2016 elections. An estimated 48 million evangelical Christians in the US did not vote in 2012. The vote is one of the valuable talents the Lord gave us. To bury 48 million talents in a nation governed by the people is give that nation over to anti-Christian forces. Let’s watch over the following issues in the 2016 elections and how the political candidates stand and act on them.
Crime. Children raised on TV and internet—more than by parents—are exposed to a world of porn, rape, robbery, fraud, massacre and a Pandora’s box of evils. No wonder many grow up striking back at the world, returning kind for kind. Yes, we need better trained policemen. But where there is lack of fathers, crime abounds. Pray that these lost find the way back to the Father of all (Jn. 14:3).
Health care crisis. Rising costs and sinking incomes put medical care out of reach of many, but not Doctor Jesus. He has the remedy for every disease, and plans “that you may prosper and be in good health” (3 Jn. 2). Pray for His health plans to be set in motion by the 2016 elections, and His healing to be manifest in the marketplace. That euthanasia and harvesting of baby parts would end, and respect for life as God created it be upheld.
Racism. Sunday morning is still the most segregated time of the week. The church began as a multiracial assembly at Pentecost and will end as a great multitude “from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues” (Rev. 7:9). Pray for true partnerships between black and white churches. They must lead the way for racial reconciliation in communities torn by murders and resentment toward law enforcers. We must all learn better how to make peace and keep peace.
Illegal immigration. This is a nation of immigrants (besides Native Americans). People come here for more opportunities. We need missionaries to migrate and bring divine opportunities to the nations, so they won’t break laws to come here. We also need far more secure borders. We will need far better screening of those entering our country so they won’t bring more jihad or terrorism here after the 2016 elections. The Scripture says, “Know those who labor among you” (1 Thess. 5:12).
Secular humanism. America’s first schools were Christian, but today the ABCs seem to mean Anything But Christ. Yet in Him “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col.2:2). Revivals often start on college campuses. Pray that humanism be dethroned and that the Truth will regain His rightful place in our seats of learning.
Terrorist Islam. In the void of post-Christian America, Islam has arrived with a vengeance. Many Muslims respect our laws. But most “moderate” mosques are masks for criminal conspiracies against the US. Tolerance of religion is not tolerance of crime. Pray for our laws to be enforced, not changed by sharia. Beyond that, pray for mass detection of all who plot mass destruction after the 2016 elections. Pray that they be converted to Christ instead of to jihadists like ISIS.
Atheism. The 2% who are atheists often trump the vast majority of Americans, in our society, laws and government. Their clever arguments are built on sand. Pray that we may “demolish arguments and every pretention that sets itself up against the knowledge of God” (2 Cor. 10:5).
Relativism. To those who claim truth is relative, we need only ask, “Is that a relative truth?” The law of noncontradiction states that the opposite of the truth must be false, not relative. Pray that common sense will return to deluded intellectuals who play games with the truth (Pr. 1:20-23).
Immorality. This nation has fallen to such depths that the moral liberal of fifty years ago would be a moral conservative today. Internet has opened this door to demonic lust: about 30% of women and 70% of men watch online porn. Pray for massive, radical deliverance from this epidemic (Num. 25).
Sex traffic. Every year more than 100,000 children are exploited in the sex trade—in the US. So many that policeman often arrest them just to save them from the clutches of pimps. Pray that pimps and purchasers be convicted—if not by the Spirit, then by the law (Jn. 16:8).
Evil called good (Isa. 5:20). The worst of the depravities in Rom. 1 is to “approve of those who practice them.” When schools, media, courts & government promote evil and persecute Christians, we must stand firm before them. Let’s support advocates of righteousness in these arenas in the 2016 elections. With them we can fight the good fight and win—if we do most of our fighting on our knees (2 Chron. 7:14).
DailyInsight. The state needs the church to change evildoers, and the church needs the state to restrain evildoers who refuse to change (see Rom. 12-13).
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