Prayer and Politics for the Christian
During the 2016 election year, many Christians struggled with discerning which candidate to support. This caused many Christian leaders, both nationally and locally known, to encourage others to sincerely pray for the United States and their own communities.
Keith Manual, a pastor at Heritage Baptist Church, has been involved with the Lynchburg Community Prayer Breakfast for many years. “Prayer is the means of communicating with God,” said Manual. “It's not about getting what we want but to bring glory to Him. We look at prayer from a man- centered point of view, but Christ looks at prayer from a God-centered view.”
Billy Graham’s Decision America Tour 2016 inspired Manual to pray for his nation and city. “Christians tend to be Democrats or Republicans, versus being Christians,” Manuel said.
Many Christians in the United States refuse to get involved in the government or voice their opinions on political issues. However, Graham’s message to Christians encourages them to get involved. “Christians need to be salt and light and the way we do that is by becoming involved,” said Manual.
“Being involved in government will provide excellent opportunities to share God's love and forgiveness,” said Manual. When serving, Manual noted that people should intentionally try to engage people in conversation about spiritual things, asking God to help them be sensitive to those in whom the Spirit may be working.
In order for biblical values to be maintained and implemented, Christians also should consider running for national and local elected positions. The only way that laws and policies that promote Christian principles will be passed is if men and women of God step up.
“We must exercise our faith by being involved, for unless we do, our faith is dead and useless,” said Manual. “We must seek to overcome evil with good and in so doing, love God with all our heart, soul and mind.”
Presidential elections tend to focus attention on national politics and the United States as a whole. However, Lynchburg Community Prayer organization wants to remind local citizens to pray for their city.
“Lynchburg is losing its decency and order to drugs and violence,” Manuel said. “Lynchburg is the ‘buckle’ of the Bible belt and we as a city need to focus on God’s righteousness and holiness.”
Through national campaigns like Graham’s Decision America Tour 2016 and local groups like Lynchburg Community Prayer Breakfast, Christians will be inspired to not only pray for their nation, but become involved to uphold biblical values.