There is a sense in which it can be said that the circumstances we face and the choices we make on a daily basis are all important. Like invested funds we accrue interest on our use of the resources we have been given. Those that use their time wisely accomplish more. Those that use their money wisely can earn and save and give more. Those that order their lives wisely know the peace and satisfaction of God’s blessing.
But it cannot be said that every circumstance and every choice are of equal consequence. History is punctuated with red-letter dates—moments when choices and circumstances produced significant change—fundamental transformation.
The birth of the Christian Church on the Day of Pentecost was one such moment. The day that Constantine officially recognized Christianity as a legitimate religion was another. When Martin Luther nailed the “95 Theses for Debate” on the door of the Church at Wittenberg, Germany, it was a red-letter date.
In the life of the American republic there have been red letter dates. The day the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence was a signal event. The day the British surrendered to George Washington and the Continental Army was another such moment. The day that Americans began to fight one another over the future of this fledgling democracy was a decisive and horribly costly moment. When Congress and the States ratified the 13th Amendment to our Constitution outlawing slavery and involuntary servitude it was a day with far reaching consequences. There have been many important choices our people and leaders have made, yet some that have proven more notable than others.
In their wisdom, the founders of our nation established a government “of, and by, and for the people,” so that every citizen is able to make known their choice of leaders. Our leaders are not chosen for us, we choose them.
As Americans go to the polls on November 6 we are facing an existential choice—our future is certainly at stake. We must make the right decision. Our national security, our financial future, and our personal liberty will be determined by the choices—millions of choices that are made. Yet convincing the deciders—those who will be casting their votes—is particularly challenging.
…The truth is obscured,
…The facts are denied,
…The agendas are hidden,
…The logic is unchallenged,
…The implications are not thoughtfully considered, and
...The morality is denied or diminished,
…it is no wonder that confused electorates make choices that are shortsighted and self defeating.
It occurs to us that if blind eyes, closed minds, and hard hearts are to be convinced, it will require the assistance of God Himself. If candidates are to be known, we will need God’s help.
For that reason we have chosen as our 40 DAY THEME leading up to this year’s NATIONAL ELECTION DAY, NOVEMBER 6, “IT IS TIME TO SEEK THE LORD!” Join us in praying every day and fasting, as the Lord directs, for God’s will to be done as Americans elect a President, a Congress, and a third of the Senators.