America is calling for a king—or possibly a queen—this election cycle, and no matter the consequences, a hefty slice of voters are not worried about bedrock Biblical principles, candidate integrity, or consistent values. They simply want change, just as in 2008 with Barack Obama. The presumptive opponents in the 2016 Presidential election are Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, two candidates with concerning records in regards to moral clarity and practical policies.
For many evangelical voters, Ted Cruz’s campaign suspension (after his loss in the Indiana primary) hit them hard. It signified the sentiment that another of our nation’s Biblical arteries has been severed with the dropout of strong Christian candidate and strict constitutionalist in Cruz.
It is in my opinion that whether Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump assumes office—or if Barack Obama shimmies past the Constitution once again and remains as president—contentious days loom ahead. Angry voters are angry citizens as well, and if either gets elected, I foresee a thick strain of totalitarianism in Hilary Clinton and lots of civil unrest accompanying a Donald Trump presidency.
If the American public is caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place, then the Christian Church sits beneath our culture, desperately straining to prop up the public’s attention to Christ. Most evangelicals have been praying for revival the past eight years, and as the United States’ political and social realms tremor, here are steps the Church can take to chamber load for a revival.
Pray for the Candidates
As Christians, whether we despise Hilary Clinton’s principles or align with #NeverTrump coalition, we can still pray for the candidates and whomever assumes the office of the President. God wields His will through those in authority, regardless of their standing with Him.
For the past seven years, I’ve known someone who has consistently prayed for President Obama, asking God to soften his heart toward godliness and give him wisdom. I would encourage the same course for the next president of the United States. We can pray for next President to…
1. Be receptive to the application of Biblical principles in their policy—whether intentionally or through God’s unseen hand
2. Honor religious liberty
3. Listen and Follow God’s Wisdom
Along with the IRS and Supreme Court, President Obama has created a triumvirate against Christian liberties. Under his administration, the IRS targeted politically conservative and Christian nonprofits, the Supreme Court redefined marriage, and despite their Biblical stances, religious organizations were ordered to pay for contraceptives as part of employee health insurance. The current administration is nearly punch-drunk from the shots they have taken at religious liberty, so there is no need for further assault.
On the other hand, I once again note that Trump enthusiasts Jerry Fallwell Jr., Pat Robertson, and Ben Carson have a unique opportunity to vie for Trump’s ear on issues of religious liberty and practical matters of faith. If Mr. Trump becomes President, they have the responsibility to do so. Since Trump claims that he is a friend to evangelicals—and the Bible Belt sure gave him a boost in the primaries— let him prove it and open his ears to God’s guidance.
For instance, I’d like to see the 2013 Ben Carson make his return. Remember, he was the unashamed Christian keynote speaker at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast who called the American public to return to Christian values. As an endorser and likely member of Trump’s cabinet, Carson could be a godly mouthpiece.
Pray for Personal Revival
The Holy Spirit moves when a humble and contrite people submit themselves to God. Want revival? It begins within the body of Christ. Seek God’s will for your life like never before. We do this during uncertain times by,
1. Entering into God’s rest by quieting ourselves to hear the Holy Spirit’s prodding.
2. Specifically praying for how wants to use our talents to bring about revival.
3. Transforming our lives through God’s grace.
If these seem like daily pursuits, you are correct. Honed and drilled endlessly, these devotional disciplines are evidence of God’s good work in each of us. In times of moral fluidity and cultural confusion, the populace will be standing by for a Savior. Let us watch closely and bring the true Savior to the people. A coordinated, charismatic church movement cannot help but spill the Gospel into every corner of society.
For a crash course in what God desires for America, pick up a copy of An Appeal to Heaven, a book authored by minister and speaker Dutch Sheets (for more, visit dutchsheets.org). Here’s his missional approach via dutchsheets.org:
“Seeing America experience a sweeping revival and return to its Godly heritage is Dutch’s greatest passion. He is a messenger of hope for America, encouraging believers to contend for awakening in our day and reformation in our lifetime.”
With all these recent political and cultural shakings, I believe God is calling the church’s number because He awaits a church that stands secure in His will during seasons of anarchy and confusion. He knows who has the spine to stand in the gap and be a watchman on the wall, and as a result, we are being motioned forward to the front lines of evangelism. Now, the circumstances demand a church prepared to provide the healing found in Christ.
It appears the chances for revival are ripening with every moral regression that occurs, because at some point, the church will not allow the spirit of America to be bone dry and devoid of any godliness. Revival is coming; the timetable remains as the only loose end.
And as a side note: thank you Senator Cruz for backing Biblical principles, fighting for religious liberty, and defending the original intent of the Constitution. The church has not forgotten your efforts, and we eagerly anticipate your continued Christian voice in the Senate.
As for the church—if America longs for a king, let us give them no king but King Jesus.
Kevin Cochrane is a nineteen year old writer with the distinct purpose of radically restoring everyone with exposed ears to the original testimony of Jesus Christ. Want to read more? Check him out at themajestysmen.com/author/kevincochrane, a friendship and mentoring community for Christian males. For updates on his latest blog posts, you can follow him on Twitter @RunFree_KC or click the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive notifications by email.