28 OCTOBER ’20 | PRAY FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Dear prayer partners,
On Sunday 25 October, during a ‘Jews for Trump’ rally, altercations between Trump supporters and counter protesters turned violent in New York City. Supporters of President Trump – including ‘Jews for Trump’, ‘Proud Boys’, and ‘QAnon’ conspiracists – staged a rally in front of Trump Tower, and then marched through midtown to Times Square. Counter-protesters hurled insults and objects (including paint-filled bottles and eggs) along the route. The escalation took place after a group of counter protesters surrounded a vehicle taking part in the convoy and individuals exited the vehicle – resulting in arguments, fistfights, and the use of pepper-spray. There were seven arrests made following the altercation.
The 2020 United States presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday, 3 November. It will be the 59th presidential election – which takes place every 4 years. Americans indirectly elect the president through the Electoral College, a group of presidential electors whose number is assigned to each state by the Constitution. These electors will then vote on 14 December 2020, to either elect a new president and vice president or re-elect President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence. The typical voting turnout for such elections is between 53-60%.
There are two parties, the Republicans (GOP – Grand Old Party) – represented by Mr Trump – who are more conservative and in recent years have stood for lower taxes, gun rights and tighter restrictions on immigration; and the Democrats – represented by Joe Biden – who are defined by their liberal stance on issues like civil rights, immigration, climate change and the belief that the government should play a bigger role in people’s lives – like providing health insurance.
The United States of America is very often the ‘face of Christianity’ to the world – with 77.5% of the population professing to be Christian, and it being the biggest ‘sending’ nation of Christian missionaries in the world. In John 17, Jesus (just before His arrest) prayed for unity among His disciples of the time, as well as for those who would believe in Him in the future. Earlier, in John 13:35, He said: “By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” The implication of this unity and love is that when people see His disciples, they will see a representation of Christ and ‘Christlikeness’ – a good witness to the world. Elections have divided brothers, communities, and churches. Political differences should not divide the body of Christ, it should be an opportunity to display our oneness in Christ to the world, regardless of our political beliefs or the results of an election. In September 2020, thousands of Christians gathered on the ‘Mall’ in Washington DC, waving US flags, kneeling in small prayer circles, singing, and listening to speakers who called on the nation to come together and heal. The upcoming election is another opportunity for American believers to demonstrate Christ to their nation and the world, through their unity and love towards one another (despite political differences).
Please join with us in praying for a peaceful election and aftermath for the United States of America.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in you. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:20-21)
“Politics will never get us to unity. It’s only Jesus.” (Anonymous)