Lessons learned from the 2020 elections
“You shall have no other gods before me.
Over the last couple of days I have spent time in prayer and reflection. The Lord has been teaching me many things and one of them has to do with what took place personally in me in the lead up to the 2020 election. During that time I became almost consumed with Donald Trump. I can be a very zealous person, but if zeal is directed in the wrong direction it can become more harmful than good.
During this time much of what I was posting was focused on the election and Donald Trump. As I reflect now I see that I lost sight that this world is not my home. I am thankful that I grew up in America and I am thankful for the freedom I have in this country. But I also know that this world is not my home and my focus is to be Christ alone and His kingdom.
Because of this I know that I lost the ability to speak to some people about the gospel. Politics became the focus and instead of Jesus being the focus the ability to share Christ was lost because my zeal and focus were in the wrong place. I know more than anyone how imperfect I am as a man and a leader. One of the greatest things we can pray for as a leader is humility and having eyes to see and ears to hear. Sometimes God allows things to happen to expose things. When our Father in Heaven wants to grow us there are things in our lives that He will prune that will make room for greater growth.
I pray diligently for our nation and the leaders we have. I know I may not agree with them and sadly many of the decisions being made are reckless and destructive. But I know in the midst of everything that God is in control and every purpose and plan He has will be accomplished in the earth regardless of who sits on earthly thrones.
I also know I said some things and claimed some things that did not come to pass. For that I would like to apologize and especially if I offended anyone for the wrong reasons. It is one thing to offend someone because of the gospel of Jesus Christ and that is something I will never apologize for. But to offend people for other reasons is simply foolish and reckless on my part.
I pray now that God will keep my heart fixed on Him and regardless of who is in leadership in America or the nations that I will keep my words and my prayers focused on the gospel and the kingdom of Heaven. I pray for those who are lost and do not know Christ that their eyes would be open to the truth. I hope my short comings and mistakes don't hinder anyone from being open to the gospel. I am thankful for the grace of God and His patience and mercy. I am made aware daily how short I fall and I am thank Him for how patience He is.
I pray daily for Joe Biden and all those in leadership that their hearts would be turned to Christ. There are many things I don't agree with Joe Biden about but it is not my place to condemn anyone. I pray that all of our leaders would have eyes open to who Jesus is and would bow their knee to Him as Lord and Savior.
If you have taken time to read this I hope if like me you have allowed politics to consume your mind at times instead of the kingdom, that you will reflect and refocus your heart upon the coming of Jesus Christ. I pray in our day that God will raise up leaders who love people and who know Him. But in the end I know that He is in control of all things and may we never put anything above or in front of Jesus Christ. God bless.
Father lead, guide, and direct us each day as we navigate this journey on the earth. Shape our hearts and minds to be more like yours. Forgive for when we have placed idols or things above you. Help us to see through the deception and may we only be zealous for you and your kingdom. In the name of Jesus, Amen!