And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2:1-4 (NKJV)
This scripture above describes a well-known scene often discussed in churches. This is the beginning of Pentecost, which was a fulfilling of Jesus’ promise. It was a Holy Spirit fueled “revival” during dark times. It was a time when the Followers of Jesus felt lost but clung on to hope because they trusted in Him. Although threats abounded towards those identified with Christ, these one hundred and twenty stayed together with one accord. In other words, they were unified with one purpose.
Because of their unity and focus, the Holy Spirit could breathe life and fire into a mighty “revival”. This was the beginning of the Church. One of the key points to the scripture above is the mention of the group being in “one accord”. This unity allowed each one to receive the Holy Spirit and fulfill their part in the “revival”.
My concern today, even as we are in an election season, is the Church is not unified. We have so many divisions based on political party, ethnicity, economics and denominations that it is difficult to be of “one accord”. The world needs a Holy Spirit-inspired “revival” but how can the Church be a catalyst for such a movement if there is so much discord? I often tell people at our church that it is okay to be affiliated with a political party but the Kingdom of God supersedes earthly party affiliation. We should be known more for the love of God in us rather than whether we are Democrat, Republican or something else. We should be able to speak calmly and lovingly to one another even though we vote for different candidates.
During this election period, can you truly say others identify you foremost as a Christian or do they see your party affiliation overshadowing your Christian witness? Can you truly say you love your neighbor even if he has a different political belief? Regardless of who wins the Presidential election or any other election, we still must pray for our elected leaders. Pray that their decisions are Godly decisions. Pray for peace in this country so that everything will go well with your brothers and sisters.
Even if your candidate does not win, you still must pray for the winner. If you don’t believe me, look at what the Bible says in 1 Timothy 2:1-2:
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
Finally, I ask you to commit today to make Jesus first in your life so that others will see love rather than hate, hope rather than disappointment, Christ rather than your personal feelings. This election is more about winning souls than it is about winning elections. Let’s get in “one accord” so that the “revival” can begin anew!