There’s a fascinating account in the biblical book of Joshua that is quite relevant to people of faith as we approach the midterm elections. It also ties in with a famous Civil War account involving Abraham Lincoln. As we’ll see, the lesson from both is the same.
Looking first at the book of Joshua, the children of Israel were about to fight against the city of Jericho. This was going to be the first battle in their conquest of Canaan, and it was the first major battle that would be led by Joshua.
The text states, “When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, ‘Are you for us, or for our adversaries?'” (Josh 5:13).
This was a logical question to ask. An imposing warrior stood before Joshua, and he wanted to know whose side this was warrior was on. “Are you for us or against us?”
The man, who was a divine messenger, answered with one word: No!
That was not the answer Joshua was expecting!
He was saying, “I’m not for you or for your adversaries. Rather, ‘I am the commander of the army of the LORD. Now I have come.'” (Josh 5:14)
When Joshua realized who was standing before him, he fell to the ground and worshiped. This warrior carried the very presence of God.
And Joshua understood the message. This warrior was there to lead God’s army into war. Would Joshua join with him? Would Joshua follow God’s orders? It was a matter of Joshua aligning with the Lord rather than the Lord aligning with Joshua.
There is a similar account regarding President Lincoln.
As the tradition goes, during the Civil War, he was asked if God was on his side. He replied, “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”
When it comes to the political scene today, the Republicans are not always right and the Democrats are not always right. The same goes for the Independents and the Libertarians.
Only God is always right, and we must align ourselves with Him, which means aligning ourselves with what is important to Him.
That’s why I prefer to pray, “Lord, Your kingdom come to America” more than, “God bless America.”
The latter can mean, “God, make our nation bigger and better and stronger!”
The former can mean, “God, come to our nation and change us so we can be truly and fully blessed.”
There’s quite a difference between the two.
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Source: Christian Post