As the November presidential election draws closer, Curt Landry Ministries is committed to stand in prayer for the United States of America. While we are in no way interested in telling you how to vote on November 8th, we do hope that you WILL vote.
The Pew Research Center stated in a recent article that the Evangelical community makes up 36% of registered voters. That’s a huge percentage. Yet, many choose to avoid the voting booth come Election Day. Some have shared that they feel that their vote doesn’t count, and express a “why bother” attitude. However, the Bible is full of stories of men and women who chose to stand up for what they believed in—many of them standing alone. Later they would be looked upon as heroes, but in the heat of the battle, many were viewed as fools.
Just recently we celebrated Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. This important moed with the Lord is a time of celebration where we build shelters, much like the Hebrew children did as they exited the land of Egypt, escaping the tyranny of slavery. Still, what we fail to remember sometimes is that prior to their miraculous deliverance, because of the circumstances, the Israelites doubted that the God of their forefathers was mighty enough to save them.
“Then, as they came out from Pharaoh, they met Moses and Aaron who stood there to meet them. And they said to them, ‘Let the Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us abhorrent in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us.’
“So Moses returned to the Lord and said, ‘Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people? Why is it You have sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people; neither have You delivered Your people at all.’”—Exodus 5:20-23
What’s amazing is that the Hebrew children had to have known about the promises that God had made to their forefather Abraham. Long before Moses penned the first five books of the Bible, their ancestral history would have been passed down from generation to generation through the art of storytelling. The entire Hebrew nation would have been extremely familiar with the covenant promises that had been cut between Abraham and their God centuries before. They may have even been able to recite these words from memory:
“Then He said to Abram: ‘Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions.’”—Genesis 15:13-14
Yet, as we referred to in Exodus 5 above, many were quick to judge the leader whom God had sent, rather than stand in trust that what God had told father Abraham would be fulfilled.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”—Hosea 4:6
While we do not replace the nation of Israel, Believer’s in Christ are grafted into the promises that were made to Abraham. That means we became part of the family, and the covenant blessings of freedom from slavery are fully accessible to us, as well. This means we have been given authority and dominion, that any place our foot treads God desires to give us the land—if we would just have the faith to step out.
Over a 400-year period the Hebrew children forgot who they were. Joseph had died, the honor of his legacy was soon forgotten by the new Pharaoh. Little by little the Israelites went from being brothers of the great leader Joseph, to being enslaved to the very leadership that their bloodline had helped to empower. Although they were immense in their numbers, they would not unite to take a stand.
The Body of Christ relives this very story today. So many of us are not walking in fullness of the Kingdom. Instead we are defeated due to not understanding that we have been born again, as Kingdom heirs to a throne—we were bought by the precious blood of the King of king’s Himself. However, the early Church sacrificed their Kingdom authority, deciding at the Councils of Elivira and Nicea to remove the Jewish roots from the history of the Christian Church. They did this in hopes to separate from the Jews, a relationship that instigated persecution from the overseeing governments who harbored antiemetic hatred. However, in so doing, they lost the very truths of God’s appointed times and seasons, and even worse the Church began to adopt theologies that supported the mass pogroms against the Jews, that they once ran from themselves.
Although the Hebrew children knew what they had been promised, after 400 years of compromise, little-by-little they ignored the faithfulness of their God and stood in fear of their circumstances—without the mercy of a loving God and the tenacious leadership of Moses and Aaron, they would never have left for the promise land.
The Church within the United States of America, and all over the world, has an opportunity to embrace their rich heritage. As we begin to unify as One New Man in Messiah, the revelation that was once enjoyed by the apostles will begin to be restored. Specifically, as the Evangelical community begins to tap into this understanding we will begin to see that we have been called for such a time as this. Not to fight with our brothers, but to band together as one voice—to take a stand for the truth of God’s Word—to believe the truths that have been told to us for many generations, to uncover the missing keys that have held us back from walking in the fullness of our destiny, and to see our nation(s) turn to God once again.
Won’t you join us as we prepare to pray for this upcoming election? Won’t you encourage your friends and family to get out and vote based on a true Biblical standard. Be encouraged! With God ALL things are possible.