November 4, 2020

A Word on the 2020 Elections

Bill Wilson

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit  through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3).

Ephesians 4:3

As pastors and ministers we have never seen such division and disruption during a voting season. No matter the outcome in the next few days, there is the potential for greater conflict and unrest. This will add to the concerns and challenges we have as spiritual leaders. 

Here is my prayer for you today. That we will make sure our office and calling as OMN pastors and ministers will supersede the need to voice political opinion and bias. The people of our churches and our communities need now more than ever pastors who will rise above the conflict, confusion and consternation of the elections and provide clear voices of hope and direction. 

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Colossians 3:14

As spiritual leaders, our role is to make every effort to guard our unity and the mission of God. It is our calling to promote and preserve the unity of the believers. The unity I speak of is described by Jesus in John 17:21, “That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” 

In the days ahead, no matter the outcome of the 2020 elections, we will all be called on to lead and influence our churches and our culture with truth, love and grace.  

Know that today I am praying for and with you. I am praying for wisdom, unity, peace and protection for our network and nation. I am praying that the strife and disunity will be turned to a spiritual awakening and biblical unity. Please join me in this prayer.  

My dear friend, Brett Allen, Superintendent of Northern California & Nevada passed on this insightful quote from John Wesley, written on October 6, 1774:  

I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuring election and advised them.

  1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy. 
  2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and 
  3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side. 

May God bless you and may His face shine on you and give you peace and direction in the days ahead. 

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