And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.
— 1 Samuel 8:18 (ESV)

This is not another post about who you should vote for this election cycle or even my opinions on either one of the major party candidates.  Heaven knows we have enough of those. 

I think we can all agree that America has chosen their candidates and now maybe we are getting what we asked for.  Maybe not all of us, but certainly the majority.  These are, after all, the candidates that we as a democracy as a whole voted to put into office yet all I see in post after post on social media is ranting, bickering, and division.  Sure there are many positive posts and educated discussions being held and I think that is perfectly acceptable.  I’m not talking about those discussions or even humorous posts because we certainly need something funny to lighten the overall black cloud of doom lingering over Facebook.  What I am talking about though, is that maybe neither Donald or Hillary have won over any of our thoughts, words, opinions, or even votes.  But maybe Satan has.  Could it be that he has us exactly where he wants us?

As Christians we are called to be the light of this world – to be set apart – and to share Jesus.  If we are truly concerned about the fate of this nation then we need to be spending a whole lot more time on our knees in prayer to our King of Kings and less time on Facebook pointing fingers at one another’s choices for President of the United States of America.  We are so focused on earthly political leaders that we have played well into Satan's schemes by allowing him to distract us from our eternal king.  Satan loves division, especially among God’s people.  And we have allowed it for years.

I’m not so bothered by those who don’t claim to be Christians this election cycle.  I can’t hold them to the same standard as I hold my fellow believers.  It’s not that I don’t value them or their opinions because I very much do.  I love people equally.  This isn’t about their value or worth because we are all worthy in His eyes.  This is about our accountability as Christians – to speak truth, be peacemakers, and to let our actions match our words.  So yes, I’m bothered by those who claim Christ yet sling political mud along with everyone else.  It solves nothing and it leads no one to Christ.  If anything, it confirms to non-believers that Christians are hypocritical. 

Satan is winning this election because we are allowing him to.  He is using our words and emotions to fuel his never ending desire to divide God’s people.  If we are going to be angry and upset over politics, then let’s turn that anger against the master of lies and let’s be one body of Christ united and determined not to let Satan win no matter who is elected in November. Let’s join together in fervent prayer that God will heal this nation no matter who holds the highest office of our nation.  Because no matter who that person is, He still reigns over them and His kingdom is so much more worthy of our attention and focus.

Becky Thompson eloquently put into words where we as Christians should stand – with the Lamb and not with the donkey or elephant.

At the end of the day, here is what I know for certain about this election.

*God has known the outcome of this election since the foundation of the world.

*He is still the King of Kings (even the ones we elect).

*God can change the hearts of Kings according to Scripture (and Queens by comparison).

*God will remain on His throne forever.

*Prayer is the most powerful weapon given to me to change anything.

Let’s turn our hearts to the Truth that can anchor us in peace through this uncertain time.

Lord, we pray that You would move in the hearts of Your people. Give us clarity. Give us wisdom. And flood our hearts with Peace. We pray that You would move in our Nation again. In the name of Your Son, Jesus. Amen.
— Becky Thompson, author of Hope Unfolding