What To Do When Politicians Disgust You
I’ve had a specific politician on my heart at various times over the past months. (No, it’s not President Obama.) Really, for no apparent reason. I hadn’t watched them on the news, seen photos of them anywhere, or even heard they’re name mentioned recently. A few weeks ago, while I was cleaning my kitchen, they came to mind again. I assumed that God was putting this person on my heart to pray for them. As I walked around the kitchen, cleaning and organizing, listening to worship, I began to pray.
I simply prayed what came to mind – everything the Holy Spirit put on my heart. Things like wisdom, clarity, restoration, peace, greatness, favor, angels to surround them, blessings over their marriage and family, etc. After a few minutes of praying, I had the idea to check and see if this person had a Facebook page. I was curious what was going on with them at the time. Was there something going on in their life or work that would be directed to me needing to pray for them? 5 seconds of browsing their page and I instantly felt disgust towards this person try to come into my heart. You know those split second thoughts or feelings? It was just that. I saw all these posts, photos, projects, statements, etc. that just wrecked my heart.
I quickly shut that down and reminded myself of the words I had just spoken over their life. That’s how quick it was…just a few seconds and, had I partnered with that “feeling” of disgust, I could have countered-acted my own words of life and prayers for this person. I’m so glad that I didn’t! I made a quick decision to adhere to the wise words of Jonathan Edwards, “Oh Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs.” (Now, I know this statement is referring to something greater.. I’m using it in support of seeing others with His eye and their eternity in mind.) I had to make the decisions to tap into Heavens vision and Gods view of the person rather then my own. It’s not about what I saw, or felt, or what their Facebook page says about them. They are His child. Weather I agree with them or not. They are His love.
You have permission to pray GREAT things over ones you don’t agree with. Do I agree with their politics? No. Do I agree with their view on moral and economic issues? No! Are they appointed by God as a governing authority in the US? Yes!
All of you must obey the government rulers. Everyone who rules was given the power to rule by God. And all those who rule now were given that power by God. So anyone who is against the government is really against something God has commanded. Those who are against the government bring punishment on themselves. People who do right don’t have to fear the rulers. But those who do wrong must fear them. Do you want to be free from fearing them? Then do only what is right, and they will praise you. Rulers are God’s servants to help you. || Romans 13 ERV
Do I appreciate all of their hard work and sacrifice that it takes to be a politician? Yes. God appoints these ones as leaders in authority. What they do with their power, influence, authority, and position is at their free will. Our gossip, words of hate, laughter, unintentional word curses, etc. are only widening the gap and making it harder for them to be drawn towards their destiny in Christ. We have two options as citizens of Heaven, either we use the power of our tongue to speak death over their life and calling and make it that much easier for the enemy to stack the odds up against them and continue to steer them in the wrong direction…or, we humble ourselves, ask Him for wisdom and words of life to declare over them, and pray!
The Bible is crystal clear on our part. Speak into their destiny and call out that God ordained greatness. It’s not gone or done away with, it’s simply hidden from their own eyes. God wants them more then they think they don’t want him. (If that makes sense. There’s probably a much more proper way of saying that.. But, hey!) It’s important for us to be aware…aware of what we do, say, think, and feel. In this type of situation and all areas of life. We must control our “feelings” and choose to call that which is not as though it were/will be. If we can’t speak life over the ones we disagree with then we need to ask God to soften our hearts towards them and, please, be quiet until He does.
I’m writing all this to simply ask that we pay attention to how our actions, feelings, thoughts, comments, etc affect others. Seen and unseen, our actions and words are weighty arrows in the hands of one or two “camps”. You are either one Kingdoms representation or another. I’ve chosen His Kingdom and with that comes a lifestyle of honor. We must choose to honor God and others in all areas of life. Even with the words that flow from our hearts. You won’t always “feel like it” but it’s the Kingdom way and Jesus’ example. You will grow accustom to walking out your identity and becoming more and more like Him with every fiery and life filled word that comes from your mouth.Love you all! Sarah Grace