America has become totally absorbed with the presidential campaign. “Trump”—”Clinton”; that’s all we hear about lately. Media sites are being flooded with the latest information that’s been dug up on the candidates, and whether it’s true or a rumor, it doesn’t matter; it’s dirty and juicy and people want to spread it. And many Christians also feel the need to join in and share these findings. But has God called us to spread rumors or has He called us to be peacemakers?
- Blessed are the peacemakers for these shall be called the children of God.—Matthew 5:9
We all have our thoughts and opinions about the candidates and their ability to govern our country, but by helping to spread the nonsense and the foolishness that is coming from the parties, we are not being peacemakers; we are being gossipers! The facts are what they are, and we need to educate ourselves in the facts. But most of the things being put forth are rumors, speculation and opinion and all for the purpose of destroying the integrity of the candidates. Christians should not be playing in the world’s game of gossip.
Christians should be spending time in prayer—praying with the heart and fervency of Nehemiah as he poured his heart out before God on behalf of the people and pleaded with God to forgive their sins—Nehemiah 1. We should be praying for Godly men and women to rise up and take on the various government offices, from the seemingly insignificant volunteer to the offices of authority. The hope for America to remain a free nation is totally depending upon God—not on spreading gossip that we hope will sway the voters.
- If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.—2 Chronicles 7:14
The enemy is camouflaging the truth through the hype that floods out before us. He has decoyed the focus of the people to be on “exposing” the two political parties while the real problems continue to grow. America has turned its back on God! He has been rebuked from our schools, from our offices, and from all public places. The name of “Jesus” is such a threat to the devil that he has convinced the leaders to ban it and the Holy Bible.
And so now America has become a playground of sin that is spreading faster than fire! The laws that God set for the people have been changed by the government leaders to appease the modern-day ideals. God has been removed. His word—the Holy Bible—is being blocked and forbidden. Public prayer has become a crime. Sin now excels and cannot be spoken against without punishment. Our land is no longer safe and protected by God, but rather, it is heading toward absolute judgment.
We need to let the world do the talking because it will expose itself. It’s not necessary or right for Christians to partake in the negative gossip and add to the problem.
Christ has called us to be peacemakers. In many of His conversations Jesus said, “Peace be with you”. Apostle Paul continued that greeting in the New Testament, as did the other apostles. This is because we are not to add to the turmoil of the world, but we are to infiltrate God’s peace wherever we go and help find Godly answers.
There isn’t much that we can say or add to conversations that have a purpose to “expose” the dirt on the candidates. We don’t know how much of it is true, and by spreading it, we are simply gossiping—and God has told us NOT to gossip because it sows strife.
- A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends.—Proverbs 16:28 NKJV
Rev. Franklin Graham is a wonderful example of someone who is fighting the problem. He has been engaged in a national tour for the last year, meeting in cities of each state to bring people to prayer. He is warning the people about the judgment that will come if they don’t turn around and bring God back into the country. He is encouraging people to pray for Godly leaders and for peace. He’s not gossiping or passing on the rumors that are being spread; he is coming in peace and teaching about God and about His love and justice and grace so that people will turn to God and so that God’s mercy can flow in our nation once again.
And this is what we all need to do! We need to change our conversations with the world that loves to spread gossip into prayers for God’s intervention. And we need to pray for peace.
God told us in Psalm 122:6 that we need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Jesus is about to return as King over this entire world and He’ll call all those who know Him. The Jewish people are beginning to realize that Jesus gave them salvation through the cross, and people of other nations are also hearing this salvation message and receiving Christ as their Savior. And they are being adopted into God’s Jewish family. The world is looking for God’s peace and we can show them how to get it—and it’s not through gossip.
As His children, it is our job to share His gospel with others so they can know Jesus and be saved, and receive His peace in this troubled world. And it’s our job to pray for people and for our nation. We have been called to be peacemakers in this dark hour. Let’s not ignore what God has asked us to do by becoming part of the most destructive gossip that America has ever witnessed. Let’s become prayer warriors and seek God’s will to be done while there is still time.
- Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.—John 14:27 NKJV
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