As Legal Fights Continue in Key States, Evangelical Leader Urges ‘Prayer’ and ‘Patience’

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A number of states remain embroiled in fierce legal battles and ballot-recounting challenges. Now, Americans await a definitive outcome of the November presidential election.

Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu), stresses the need to “pray for our country” at this time of uncertainty and disarray—and has some tough words for those in the mainstream press as well.

Says Dr. Land, “What I feared would happen in the 2020 presidential election has happened—and no, I am not talking about whether Joe Biden or Donald Trump would win. I’m referencing the divisive and ambiguous situation we face as a nation,” he adds, “where neither candidate has a clear victory or a mandate and where there have been widespread reports of a loss of ballot integrity.”

Dr. Land also notes, “The greatest peril, however, is that whoever prevails, at least half the nation is going to feel disenfranchised and exploited. There are literally thousands of reported incidents of voter ‘irregularities,’ especially in Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Detroit—all states where Mr. Biden currently has a slim majority.” Massive mail-in balloting initiatives in states poorly equipped to handle them, emphasizes Dr. Land, have contributed to “a lethal combination” of “chaos” and “corruption.”

This fraught scenario is why Dr. Land is urging all Americans to “pray for our country and our countrymen”—and to include President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden in those prayers.

“These issues will be settled in the judicial arena, as our legal system mandates,” explains Dr. Land. He adds, “The news media have no authority to declare a candidate the ‘winner’—that is above their ‘pay grade,’ despite their highly inflamed sense of their own self-importance.”

Dr. Land also reminded faithful Americans last week in his piece in The Christian Post, “This is a delicate and precipitous moment for our country, one that will have long-term consequences if it is not handled with grace and understanding by all involved. May God grant each of us patience, tolerance, and wisdom.”

He also shares, “I have been doing my best to obey this divine command to pray daily for those in authority for half a century. About half the time I have been praying for presidents for whom I voted, and the other half for presidents for whom I did not.

“Nevertheless, I prayed for all of them as an act of obedience and because the Lord has informed us, ‘The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will’ (Prov. 21:1, ESV).”

Dr. Land shared additional election-related insights and analysis last week in his daily radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” a regular program on which he discusses many timely topics.

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