It is campaign time. The United States, Kenya, China and Ghana will soon elect their Heads of State. While in the U.S., it was interesting to watch the politicians slugging it out in the glare of cameras that beamed the debates across continents.
In every nation, the presidential candidates are coming up with good promises: a better economy, greater freedom, a safer world. But we all know that these are mostly just campaign rhetoric.
Our mechanic commented to me last week, “You know Pastor, what bothers me is that we do not have a viable choice in these elections. The good people, those who can actually make a difference, are not offering their names to the ballot. We are left to choose between lesser of evils.” How true and how sad.
What about the saints? Shall we stand by year in and year out just watching the world produce leaders that we do not trust or even agree with? God has called us to live for Him and change our world for His glory. Many of us are doing just that. Yet should we stand by and give way to sweet-talking politicians who play on our emotions with their pictures of a troubled, unsafe world – for which they are offering to be the ‘savior?’
I know that God would want us to “pray and give thanks for kings and all who are in authority”.1 Yet, more than that, I believe the saints are being called to be a bit more proactive in identifying, grooming and influencing those who will eventually be in authority.
We are already elected by God to do His will on this earth.2 Work has been prepared for us to do.3
As we pray for God’s will, for peaceful and fair elections, let’s also ask: what does God want me to do?
1 I Timothy 2:1-2; 2Matthew 13:20; 3Ephesians 2:10