Biblically speaking, we find God’s appointment of ordinary people who were uniquely prepared and equipped for a specific calling God planned for them far in advance. Consider Noah and the ark, Abraham called to be father of the Jewish people, Moses leading the Hebrew people out of Egyptian captivity, a lowly shepherd (David) becoming Israel’s beloved king. Even Persian King Cyrus the Great, who delivered God’s people from Babylonian captivity! Each called by God for such a time.
Modern history is also replete with examples of ordinary people called to extraordinary service. Military leaders, missionaries, civic leaders, ministry leaders and more. Who do you look up to as a supernaturally gifted leader?
Prior to the 2016 election, I recall praying for a “Josiah” to lead our nation. Josiah was one of the few kings of Judah who did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and such a president was desired. God answered that prayer in a unique way when He gave us one of the most Godly men ever to serve in office as our Vice President.
Mike Pence was little known compared to other political figures, yet soon after the surprising 2016 victory, it became abundantly clear the steadfast evangelical Christian had the ear of the most powerful man on earth, and we saw the outworking as President Trump became the most pro-life, pro-religious freedom, pro-Israel President in all of American history. Perhaps he would have done it on his own, but I suspect Vice President Pence was (and still is) a strong voice for righteousness in conversations with the President.
Today, VP Pence will take center stage when, as President of the Senate, he is tasked with counting electoral votes. I believe God has called him for such a time as this. Yesterday’s post includes clear commentary on the US Constitution, particularly the role of the President of the Senate, which underlies the following thoughts.
In a campaign speech in Georgia a couple days ago, Pence spoke very resolutely and authoritatively when he stated, “I stand with President Donald Trump,” (4:56 in the video) and “We’ll have our day in Congress” (26:20 in the video). I see the Lord stirring in the heart of a “Josiah.” I see the Lord preparing a man for such a time as this.
We can’t be sure of what will happen today, but this could well be one of the most pivotal moments in American history, and I’m curious about one thing: how has the Lord prepared our modern-day Josiah? VP Pence has been clear in his belief the election does not fairly represent the will of the people in states where election fraud is suspected. He has also been clear in his joint belief with the President and millions of Americans that investigations in each state are necessary to determine whether or not the election was clean and fair. To date, that has not happened.
As President of the Senate, Mike Pence holds significant Constitutional power today. We know that Republican Senators and Representatives are going to stand and object to the certification of electoral votes in contested states. This is allowed by the Constitution and should trigger debates, then votes by each chamber whether or not to certify election results in states where objections are raised.
However, prior to counting electoral votes for contested states, might Pence say, “Seven states have submitted dual sets of electors. I will count them only after those state legislators settle on which set of electors most appropriately represent the will of the people.” Does his power stretch that far? The Presidential inauguration is not for another two weeks…plenty of time for state legislators to hear evidence, select and resubmit an appropriate slate of electors. (Don’t stop contacting your state legislators; and in Arizona, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, to release voting records and machines per the State Senate’s subpoena.)
The idea has been floated, and judging by the resolute character of Mike Pence, I believe he will do whatever is Constitutionally allowed to fight for the voice of the people. Yes, it is a long shot, a very long shot…as it was with Noah, Abraham, Moses and others who were called by God for such a time. However, it is when we have run out of human ways and means of doing something that God often shows up!
THAT is why I continue to pray for a mighty move of God. Today is a very significant day to look to the Lord. One thing is sure: there is going to be major action in Washington DC, perhaps like we have never seen before. In fact, it could be extreme. It is time to pray and fast, asking the Lord to do what only He can do. Our election integrity, as well as our Constitution and our ability to continue to stand with Israel are all on the line. I’m praying Congress comes to it’s collective senses, upholds our Constitution and hears the voices of the American people. Regardless, ask the Lord for abounding measures of faith, and rise up in prayer with millions of Americans today.
In it all, to God be the glory!