August 5 , 2000
What is God saying?
Election debacle bares spiritual battle in America


"Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God." (Deuteronomy 8:20)
"Elijah went before the people and said, 'How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him.'"

(I Kings 18:21)

As the presidential election debacle has unfolded, columnist David Broder has said: "This nation has rarely appeared more divided than it does right now..."

Across our nation, the votes for George Bush and Al Gore are razor close. The Senate and the House are split down the middle. Men have voted one way; women another. Married women have voted differently than single women. Minorities have voted differently than whites. The rural vote is unlike the urban vote. Suburbia has split. Christians have gone one way (with some sad exceptions); secularists another. Pro-life has had one candidate; pro-death the other. Pro-traditional values have stood with one candidate; pro-immoral values have stood with the other. Those who believed the scandals of President Clinton were important voted for Mr. Bush; those who exonerated the president voted for Mr. Gore. On one side have been those who believe we are a nation "under God"; on the other side those who would completely secularize our culture. And on and on.

It is chilling to realize that on one side are those who vigorously contend to allow the shedding of the innocent blood of our unborn, taking us even more speedily toward our certain judgment; on one side are those who would lead to sin worse than Sodom by allowing men to marry men and women to marry women.

Broder is right. We appear split. Deeply.

One place where both sides seem to agree is that we are at a wrenching, soul-revealing moment. It is Baal or God.

Are we at a time when as one observer has said is a time when we "could rip the crust off our culture, and we could quickly slip into a dark age"?

Dr. Bill Bright told national leaders in Washington that the present electoral crisis is the greatest crisis in the history of our nation, greater than the "revolutionary" and "civil wars." He said godless men are tearing America from God and that "our nation's soul is at stake."

The pivotal question is: What is going on?

Answers include the following. Select one:

A) What is going on is this is the latest spiritual battle over the soul of our country;

B) It is the most recent clash in the destruction of our country as a Christian country, and over whether we will continue to exist as a republic;

C) It is further evidence of God's judgment on our country in which He is judicially "giving us up" to our sin and its consequences (see Romans 1:24, 26, 28);

D) It is part of God's discipline on the distracted, worldly American Church, calling them to repentance, to humility, and to seek His face above all else (one thing God is saying to us in the pulpit: "Clean up your message");

E) All of the above.

My selection is "E": all of the above. In various ways, each is true. However we'll not take the time to discuss them in detail here.

But what we want to do is call fellow ministers to lead their churches in urgent, special prayer.

This is a spiritual battle of major importance! More than you and I know.

PASTORS, I implore you to stop and break into your personal schedule and the programs of your congregation and personally lead special times of prayer! Do it during your congregational meetings. Do it in specially called times. But do it.

Your leadership is vital. Now.

Expound on II Chronicles 7:13-14. Perhaps use the points raised above (A to D) as focuses for prayer. Lead in repentance. Lead in crying to the Lord for mercy.

Let's make this moment of truth for our nation become a moment for Truth from us in the pulpit.

Hear Hosea's call "It is time to seek the Lord." (Hosea 10:12)

Let us pray: "Our gracious Heavenly Father we are at an enormously pivotal time in our country, more than we know. We have sinned. The present crisis reveals the depth of the division of our nation. We have sinned. We deserve judgment. We repent. We implore you for mercy. Let this moment of truth for our nation be a moment for Truth from us in the pulpit. May we see deep, biblical revival in Your Church, and reforming spiritual awakening in our nation. In the Name of Jesus Christ, AMEN!"