As I sat back today wondering how we’ve gotten ourselves into the mess we have before us, concerning the presidential election choices, it occured to me that God doesn’t call the qualified, God’ qualifies the called. God can use anyone open to do his bidding, to follow where He rightly leads.
As our Bible study groups here at St. Andrews continue to study the book of Nehemiah we are compelled to remember that He used Cyrus, The King of Persia. Persia is (mostly) Iran. This King of Persia is responsible for freeing the captive Israelites, providing safe passage for Nehemiah to return to Jerusalem with the express purpose of rebuilding the walls, providing him with the protection, the commission, and the means (financially) to do the work. Think of the irony of this situation in the world today. The leader of the nation of Persia (modern-day Iran) being so instrumental in providing for the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem.
In light of that, I have no doubt that God can use Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, or Donald Trump. But the question might be asked, where are the Nehemiahs, the faithful believers in positions of authority that are willing to listen for the call of God. What we as a people of faith must be after is seeking out the Nehemiahs of our day.
Nehemiah was subject to open ridicule, militaristic threats, gossip, rumor and innuendo and yet nevertheless never lost sight of the call which God had laid on his heart. He planned militarily to protect the people doing the work, he risk his own well-being and safety, and he never allowed himself to be sidetracked by the circumstances which surrounded him. And he succeded.
When opposition reared it’s ugly head, when threats were issued against him, when even family members of those involved in rebulding the walls sought to get him to compromise, Nehemiah turned in prayer to the living God. He refused to compromise.
Perhaps, more than anything else, more than the “right vote,” the “least evil,” or the “most qualified” for the office of President of the United States of America, we ought to be seeking out leaders for the church of Jesus Christ who will lead us in the way the Lord God Almighty would have us go. As Christians we profess a God of Grace, a God who will not be mocked, a God who is able to do much more than we could ever ask or imagine.
So with all the vitriol, the hate, the discontent, the anger, and the discontent we need to go to our knees in prayer. We nee to pray that God will provide whoever is elected some Nehemiahs, to make the bold requests and to pursue the call of God in Christ Jesus.
James 5 Has this to say:
“1Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.
7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
12 Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.
13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Let’s pray for some Nehemiahs to lead us…