I received a disturbing e-mail last week regarding a group of Christians, many of whom I know, who have organized a prayer meeting at a rather large church in my community. The primary purpose of this prayer meeting; praying against Barack Obama taking over the White House in January of 2009. The e-mail concerned me greatly for my country and the Christian community as we enter into the election.
One of the most alarming things to me about the e-mail was when it’s author asked: “Why are we Christians settling and not issuing a battle cry and falling to our knees and taking our country back?” Taking our country back? Didn’t we get what we prayed for 8 years ago with George W. Bush? If we got oour country back then, I guess I’m curios as to what happened? Didn’t it work out for us and solve all the problems we had with Clinton? Guess not but oh how easily we forget that we’ve been down this road before.
I refuse to make this post a debate about the Bush administration. We all have our opinions and that’s fine, were allowed to because we live in America. My issue with this prayer meeting is that it’s primary agenda is to pray “against” a man who will most likely take the presidency and lead our country. Regardless of your political views shouldn’t we, as followers of Christ, recognize that our prayers simply should be for God’s wisdom and guidance to be with whoever it is that sits in the oval office?
When did Jesus specifically pray “against” a person in scripture? If he didn’t pray against the people that nailed him to the cross would he really pray against anyone today, especially a person who might lead a country? Instead of a prayer for wisdom and guidance this groups prayer; that God might stop “this attack on the USA”. Thats scary and it should stop and make us all ask who we are truly placing our faith in?
Through all of this the real question becomes; when will Christians understand that our faith and our responsibility as followers of Christ does not rise and fall on our political landscape? For those who vote based solely on the issue of life I ask, when was the last time you did something, other than voting, to help meet the needs of the women facing these choices? And when is the last time you considered the lives of those in Iraq and in Darfur? Aren’t their lives just as valuable as the unborn in the eyes of God? On the other side, for those who are concerned with issues of social justice when is the last time you volunteered at a shelter or served those in your own community or even aborad? When did you do more than simply support a cause with your lips and your money? In America we are great at having an opinion and throwing money around to support those opinions but Christ calls us to a life of action. Our faith and the action that comes from that faith should not be based on our president and we must always pray for not against those who are leaders over us including a president you may not see eye to eye with.
Regardless of who you vote for pray that the next President of the United States will have God’s wisdom and direction during his term and that our country, through it’s people not just it’s President, will take action and truly become Jesus to the world around us. That should be our prayer.