It time to vote. For some this will mean heading to a voting station. Others vote by mail. Pray and vote.
Vote and pray. After the vote there is still much praying to do – no matter who gets elected.
Let me share a true story. Athanasius was a church leader in the 4th century. He wrote his first book sometime in his late teens or early twenties, called On the Incarnation of the Word of God, and it is considered a theological masterpiece. He went to a Council in Nicaea convened by the Emperor Constantine – the first emperor to legally allow Christianity in the Roman Empire. At this Council, orthodox Christianity was defined and the Church was united. The persecution had ended and there was an emperor who was favorable to Christianity. This was a time of great hope! But it is not the end of the story.
The Nicene Creed, which united the Church, had to be defended against divisive Christian leaders who misunderstood the Bible and sought power. Athanasius, who became a bishop, did much of this defending for the rest of his life. Many of the emperors turned against him and he was exiled five times. He was falsely accused of many horrible things, including murder. But he never quit defending the truth, shepherding his people as a pastor, or seeking the Lord. It was later said that it was “Athanasius against the world.” He stood firm and the truth was preserved. Through his unjust suffering, incredible writings, and the truth of Scripture, by the end of his life the majority of the Church held to the true teaching of the Nicene Creed.
I share this story because there is so much prayer and Kingdom work to do with Jesus AFTER the vote. Athanasius lived at a time when it looked like the whole world would be united and Christianity would shine. Instead, the rest of his life was very difficult. We don’t know what will happen after the election but we need to be ready to work and pray for God’s Kingdom come. History has shown that God moves powerfully through His devoted people – no matter who is in power.
So stand firm in His hope. Our hope is based on His presence and power – not that all will be well but that He will be with us no matter what. Vote and pray.