Updated: Feb 16, 2019
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 1John 4:18 NKJV
Many are fearful about the outcome of the 2019 elections. They are anxious concerning national security, violence and outright cancellation of the elections. People are troubled about what could happen to the nation. Prior to now, the biggest concern of Christians was who to vote for. Some were frustrated that God had not lined up the candidates they had hoped for. Others have felt that that the candidates of their choice did not really have a chance. As far as many are concerned if any voting actually happens, it would be a choice between the lesser of two evils. Many in any case are “not just interested in politics”. Others ask, “Will my vote really make a difference?” “Will it not be rigged?” “Might as well stay home”.
Going by the sometimes palpable tension during the campaigns, news of killings, election anxiety is on the increase and fear of the future has become an established thought in the hearts of many. “Where is God in this equation?” “Has He abandoned the nation to the rule of evil, corrupt men?” What is the way out of the uncertainty that seems to pervade the atmosphere?
As believers, we have a responsibility to reach out to the fearful, offering them spiritual weapons to cast out fear. Many are now imagining a future that is either dangerous or violent. As people of faith, we must arm ourselves against fear. Perfect love Perfect love casts out fear. When we know God, our love for Him casts out fear, dispels anxiety and enables us to live at rest. We must strive to come into the rest of God at this time.
We cannot deny that government plays a significant role in the affairs of life. The actions of our leaders and the decisions made by government, have a significant impact on the conditions we live in and will influence our families, churches, work place and policies in the nation. So, as Christians, we must be concerned about the political process and engage whatever it takes; in prayer , in action, and in voting, to ensure our democracy is established. Jesus said to give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, which in a democracy includes voting and other aspects of the election process.
We must still support candidates with a proven track record and those who maintain positions that affirm freedom, righteousness, justice, truth and integrity. We must still believe for men and women whose policies when in government, will promote the spread of the gospel.
While awaiting the day of election and exercising our duty to participate in the process, as important as this is, it is not the most important election in our life time. God’s election of us by grace is much more important. Our choice to become Christians is more important. Let us not look too much to politicians to do what only God can do. Yet, we do not lose hope in the future of the country. As believers, it’s not our job to worry or yield to despair, nor should we become angry and spread hatred towards political figures.
God is sovereign. He still on His throne and in complete control of the election process. That is why we must not be afraid. We need to remind people that fear does not come from God. We must now focus our energies in praying for God’s will to be accomplished and that the nation comes through successful and peaceful elections. The Bible assures us that God has a plan and a purpose for all things. We must put our trust in God at this time, and not in human systems and politicians.
We know that no matter the outcome of the elections, the gates of hell would not prevail against the Church. God’s call and purpose for our lives will still unfold. Is it not such a wonderful thing; that no matter the outcome of the current situation, Jesus will win!
PRAYER THOUGHT Lord, our hearts cry out for Your mercy and a longing to see You heal our land.
SONG ♬You Are God by Nathaniel Bassey