Embracing the Voice in Transition
by Becky DeWitt
Just like many others of older generations, I could have never imagined even a decade ago, the results of the recent presidential election. But someone somewhere had the seed of a thought which transcended time and overruled every challenge with persistence and determination. “With men this was impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26). The message was and is only with Him, “yes we can.”
We are entering into an extraordinary transition which was ordained and set for such a time as this. A voice has been raised up to translate the grand idea that nothing is impossible through the evidence of the recent election of an African American president. Though America as a nation may be in turbulent times, one thing remains constant; I AM that I AM, God is in charge. He has placed the spotlight not only on the new president, not only on the nation, but His people made in His image, regardless of color.
Many over time have the lack of understanding that we all belong to one race – human. I remember growing up watching a television program where Archie Bunker, a white man, needed a blood transfusion desperately to save his life. The only match was George Jefferson, an African American. This was a perfect demonstration of the commonality among men designed by the Creator at a time in America where division based on the color of the skin was prevalent.
There has never been such media interaction, coverage, and predictions that have wage war in the atmosphere for the mind and heart of a people. Many in the Body of Christ have spoken and written negative words against the outcome of the election. The words have come from the pulpits through pastors, and prophets spiritually. The media analyzed naturally. They are still analyzing seeking a pattern with absolutely no perspective of the possibility of God in this extraordinary event.
The day after the election there was a noticeable difference in the atmosphere. I do not know how many people felt it, but it was tangible. There has been a major shift in the ream of the spirit. I wonder what will be felt after the inauguration. I prayed prior to the elections that who ever won that when they took the oath of office and laid their hand upon the Bible, that they realized that they were coming into covenant with God for this nation.
The Body of Christ should be the examples, the role models for the next generation. But the reality is how we can when the most divided time in the nation is the time of worship. Can we set aside that which the enemy has used for division to pray for this man as he enters into office with all of the residue from previous years awaiting him on the first day? The countdown has already begun and there is still time to pray. “I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men. For kings, and for all that are in authority tat we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” (I Timothy 2: 1-3).
The effectual, fervent prayer of the righteous can and will change things and people.
Speaking of role models, there has been a once in a lifetime change. The African American community has had every type negative and positive, except a president. The atmospheric conditions are conducive for the release of a change in the mindset of African American males. They have been allowed to witness an extraordinary event. Their eyes have been lifted, but will their hearts be enlightened? “For as a he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7). Will there be a change in their hearts causing an examination of every aspect of their lives? For example, will pants rise up to the waistline replacing the rebellious symbolic gesture of exposing underwear and buttocks? How many boys will become men to pull their pants up, tighten their belts and run for public office? Who will run for city council? Who will run for Mayor? Who will run for the House of Representatives? Who will run for the Senate? Wait, we have already done that and even skipped over the vice-president. The next dimension has been opened and presented. The word unity is among us. The world is waiting. Can we do this? Yes, we can. Is it overdue? No, it is in divine timing.
“With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27)
© January 2009 Becky DeWitt