ELECTION 2018 REFLECTIONS
November 8, 2018 | By David Kubal
Pray for America’s continued upward path to making our country truly one that follows after God’s heart with His understanding.
Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart. (Ps 119:34)
If you were like me, you woke up the day after the election with disappointment. Even though the pundits were predicting Democrats to gain 28 House seats, I was praying for and expecting a miracle similar to the one God did when President Trump won the 2016 election. And yet, as we rubbed the sleep from our eyes we see that legislators favoring abortion, limited religious freedom, a two-state solution to Israel, etc. have gained control of the House. The House majority is now led by those who have promised to resist, investigate, and even impeach the President (and Judge Kavanaugh). The retirement of 42 Republican representatives provided an opportunity that allowed this to happen.
As I analyzed the demographics of the seats that flipped from Republican to Democrat, a clear trend emerged: suburbs. Without fail, these flipped seats were in the suburbs of Miami, Kansas City, Chicago, and other cities. Only about 5% of the seats needed to flip and this is what we saw in suburb after suburb.
It would be interesting to know the state of the Church in these suburbs. Are pastors preaching from the pulpit the need for their congregations to be involved in guiding government? Are there engaged and engaging believers speaking to people about the need to pray for those in authority as we are encouraged in 1 Timothy 2. The liberal influence has only grown in the suburbs.
On the Senate side of the Capitol, the Republican majority grew. Though Democrats outvoted Republicans by 7% in the overall election (indicating small pockets with huge Democratic voting bases) the Senate Republicans’ majority grew. This has the potential to set up two years of tremendous gridlock. This needs to be in our prayers! Thankfully, one of the Senate’s major roles in our government is to shape the judiciary, and they are poised to be even more effective at this now. In the previous two years they have appointed more than 80 judges, including two Supreme Court Justices, and have the potential to appoint another 180, transforming 25% of the judiciary through life appointments of conservative judges. Majority Leader McConnell has stated that this is his singular objective.
It was very encouraging to see candidates who were fighting the inflow of millions of dollars from outside groups prevail. Andrew Gillum, trained and funded by the George Soros organization, was defeated by Ron DeSantis in Florida and Ted Cruz beat Beto O’Rourke, despite his receiving millions from left-wing philanthropic activists.
As we consider our invitation to join God in shaping history through prayer and fasting, we need to recognize that this is a marathon and not a sprint. We cannot give up praying for the hand of God to move in our nation and we cannot give up listening to the Spirit about how we can actively walk in obedience with Him. (By David Kubal, President and CEO of Intercessors For America)