Sheila's Reflections                                                   

“Exercise Our Privilege”

October 2008

Ezekiel 22:30    And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

Lately I have been hearing more and more Christian believers voicing they are considering, for the first time, not even voting in this year’s presidential election. Why? Because neither candidate’s camp offers an honest representation of their belief system. The other widespread and disturbing message I’m hearing is that they feel their one vote wouldn’t make a difference in the outcome anyway. It’s as though they have already resigned themselves to a fatalism attitude. 

I must confess I too have entertained this dangerous and poisonous line of thinking. But the Lord quickly convicted me of and reminded me of how this same prevalent attitude from the Christian community resulted in a law being passed, while I was in high school that stated we could no longer have prayer or “Bible” reading on the premises of America’s schools. 

For the life of me I couldn’t then, and still don’t to this day understand how the church could have stood back in silence and permitted this to happen. One thing I do understand is that the morality, integrity, and value system of our nation greatly suffers to this day because of that silence! So, I’m deeply concerned that today’s body of believers have embraced that same kind of attitude and will yet again stand silent, by not exercising their God given privilege of letting their voices be heard. 

Now, I’m not trying to sway anyone to vote a certain way. Nor am I endorsing any particular party or candidate, but I am encouraging all who can to stand up and be silent no more! You see, our nation is facing another pivotal and critical crossroad where we must get off the sidelines and answer the call to engage in the battle for our nation’s health. It is imperative come November the fourth that we as believers, stand in the gap by going to the polls. Until then, I challenge each and every believer to be prayerfully interceding on behalf of our nation and the direction she’s headed. My prayer is that God will hear our united cries as we collectively “exercise our privilege” to vote for the leaders of our country.

II Chronicles 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

                                                God bless you until our next visit,


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