10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. EPHESISANS 6 : 10-13
My beloved brothers and sisters. We are just a few days away from the final day of Voting. November 3rd is the last day to go to the polls and cast your ballot for your candidate of choice at both the Federal, State, and local level. Remember Your Vote is Your Voice and Your Choice. As believers in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, it is imperative that we fully participate in the electoral process of selecting our leaders at all levels of government. And if ever there was a season for us to do all we can to withstand the evil of the day - it is now.
I believe in the power of prayer. I believe that prayer changes things and indeed changes us in the thing. And we have been through many things this year of our Lord 2020. There is the ongoing Pandemic- and how it is being handled or not being handled depending on your point of view. Our schools have been closed and if opened they closed again. This raises the continuous challenge of the education or the miseducation of our children whether in person or virtual. There is the school to prison pipeline. There are health care disparities amongst poor, brown, black and indigenous people. There have been so many men and women who have been killed due to no fault of their own. There are the macro-aggressions against people of color- jogging in the park, sleeping in their own bed, playing video games with their nephew, minding their business only to end up dead. The list goes on and on.
The scripture challenges us in Ephesians 6:10-13. First, to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. We are imbued with the power of God to be empowered to take a stand and raises our voices. Part of our power is the power of the vote, the power of the ballot. We should not abdicate our position of power by being silent. As Pastor Rev. Dr. Beverly D. Frazier says : Vote- Silence is Consent. Let us not be silent in the face of all the atrocities going on in our neighborhoods and across our nation. We are to put on the whole armor of God. The armor includes- the belt of truth! There is the truth of the wickedness that is seeking to run rampant today and trample our Civil Rights, our Voting Rights, and our Constitutional Rights. Vote to protect our rights. The armor includes the breastplate of righteous. As believers we are clothed in the righteousness of Christ. Our righteous is as filthy rags. But the righteousness of Christ- shines bright within us. We must let our light shine. Isaiah 9:6 tells us “For unto us a child is born to us a son is given and the government shall be on his shoulders.” As ambassadors for Christ it is our Christian duty to exercise the right to vote as an act of righteous of Chris