A radical change if is needed, if judgement is to be avoided.
EDIT: This post was written in June 2016 and speaks of the 2016 US Presidential Election and the UK’s EU Referendum, however the deeper message will be relevant whenever you are reading it.
As I write this in June 2016, the voting public of both the United Kingdom and the United States of America, are faced with decisions which could completely turn everything around for these two countries. For many years, both the US and the UK have been on a path that has taken them further and further away from God. A radical change is needed, if judgement is to be avoided. In November 2016, Americans will vote for a new President and much sooner, on 23rd June 2016, the British public will vote to either remain in, or to leave, the European Union. The importance of both these things should not be underestimated. On the face of things, the EU referendum is of greater importance because the chance for the UK to leave the EU may never happen again, whereas American presidential elections occur every four years. However, America has been on a downward path for a long time, with President Obama taking America across lines that many thought would never be crossed (with the UK either following suit, or leading America). There is a genuine opportunity in 2016 for both the Americans and the British to rescue their countries from the brink – and no, I am not being overly dramatic in saying that.
It is fair to say that Donald Trump is not perfect.
From my vantage point as an Englishman, I have seen how many Americans have issues with the Republican candidate, Donald Trump. But Donald Trump could be the best thing to happen to America for a very long time and this election really could be, make or break for America. It is true that the US was brought into being with the purpose of serving God. However the question must be asked: How many more lines can be crossed before God is forced to bring judgement upon America. God has been patient, just as He was with ancient Israel and Judah, but God’s patience and mercy does not mean that He will allow a country to consistently turn their backs on Him without consequences. It is fair to say that Donald Trump is not perfect (are you?), there are certainly things that he could improve on, there are certainly thing that he should never have said; but if you are an American, let me say this to you – instead of voting for Hillary Clinton through gritted teeth, rather than voting for Donald Trump – pray for him. Pray that God will show him the areas that he could improve in and pray that God will show you the areas where it is you that are wrong. Without getting too much into American politics, if you vote for Hillary Clinton, you are going to get more of the same. There will be no radical change and the relentless charge away from God will continue.
Whether America shines a bright light or continues to spread darkness has a huge impact on the rest of the world.
When voting in any election, it is important to know where the candidate you are considering voting for stand on certain issues. For example, where do they stand on Israel? At the time of writing, there was a recent ‘Palestinian’ Arab terror attack in Tel Aviv and as usually happens, the ‘Palestinian’ Arabs celebrated this attack. The response of Donald Trump was to severely criticise the way the ‘Palestinian’ Arabs acted. You can read his response here. Now in fairness, Hillary Clinton has also had some good things to say concerning Israel during the election campaign, but she has also been an integral part of the Obama government, which has been extremely biased against Israel, whilst extending the hand of friendship to those countries that have traditionally been enemies of both Israel and the US. Donald Trump has also promised to stand up for, and be a good representative of, Christians. You can read what he said here, he also sent a message to Christians which you can read here. Donald Trump has said some radical things, but if you want a radical change then you need to vote for someone who is prepared to say and do the things that others are afraid to say or do. Some may say that it is none of my business who Americans vote for, but I disagree. The full title of the Statue of Liberty is ‘The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World’. America is supposed to be a light to the world. Whether America shines as bright light or continues to spread darkness has a huge impact on the rest of the world, so yes – it is my business.
Americans have an Independence Day and here in the UK, we need one too.
For the UK, the EU referendum is imminent and just as the establishment hates the idea of Donald Trump being president, the establishment hates the idea of Great Britain leaving the EU. As with America, Great Britain needs radical change – it needs to break free from the European Union. Americans have an Independence Day and here in the UK, we need one too. The campaign to remain in the EU has been categorised by the use of fear to persuade voters, with so-called financial experts and bankers queuing up to predict disaster if the UK votes to leave the EU. As Christians we should not be swayed by fear tactics, because God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). The European Union began under the guise of countries co-operating for mutual benefit, but it is fast becoming a political entity in it’s own right, with more and more powers going to Brussels. The ultimate aim is, and has always been, to form a United States of Europe (although this is not largely publicised). For a look at the EU from a Biblical perspective you may like to read my post, ‘The EU: Beauty or Beast‘.
Always allow the Holy Spirit to guide you.
Whether you are a Christian in the UK, the US, or another country, the best advice that I can give you is to always pray before voting and always allow the Holy Spirit to guide you. Also look out for red flags, such as the stand a person takes on issues which the Bible views as sinful, or the stand that they take concerning Israel. Wherever you are in the world, pray for the UK and the US as voters make these momentous decisions. Finally I would like to remind you, that the Bible instructs us to pray for those in authority and we should be doing this on a regular basis, whether we approve of the government or not: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour” 1 Timothy 2:1-3.
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