Who is “My people” and what is “their land?”

“If My people who are called My my name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14
 
For years, Christians have been using this verse (almost exclusively in October-November) to justify their vote, irrespective of party or candidate. It has become, I think, more prevalent in this election cycle than in any other in the last fifty years. But there are quite a few problems with this. No where in there does it say “If America humbles itself” or that God will heal America. That’s not what the author was talking about. “MY people” is the Church. It’s those who have been washed by the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit. America was  and is not called by God’s name. We have made a horrible mistake in thinking America and God’s chosen ones are one and the same. We absolutely cannot expect our country to fall on its knees when the people of God won’t even do it. And how dare we preach this verse without first humbling ourselves and falling on our own knees.
Things we need to stop saying:
  • “America needs to turn back to God!”
  • “Democrats are what’s wrong with this country.”
  • “It’s your Christian responsibility to vote.”
  • “If you vote for Candidate 3 and don’t vote for Candidate 1, then you are giving a vote to Candidate 2!”
It’s high time we stop placing our faith in powerless candidates and Supreme Court nominees that haven’t even been nominated yet. Let us never forget that the God who is not elected is more powerful than any candidate on any ballot.
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