Vote for the Messages Most of All
'God uses those who are far from eloquent to do great things in and for His Kingdom'
For much of history, humans have been attracted by those who speak eloquently. Barack Obama is a prime example of this. Sometimes, we believe that the more eloquently one speaks and the smarter that person sounds, the more intellectual they must be.
Just look to the halls of our universities and colleges. They seem to have things in place: business processes, economic sense, political connections, and sound philosophies that will lead to a good understanding of the times — no evil agendas could possibly exist there. Right? Not necessarily. Those who think they know what is right at exactly the right time accomplish a great deal of harm by dictating to average people what they “should believe” and how they “should act.”
“Oh my Lord, I am not eloquent. Neither before nor since You have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”
I’ll be the first to admit that I am not one who always speaks with eloquence, but I continue to do what God has called me to do and speak the truth on the airwaves and in my writings. I believe we are all sent out by Him to do our part, keep our heads down, and be wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Matt. 10:16) in doing what we are called to do.
Jesus surrounded himself with the commoner, the farmer, fisherman, shepherd and other “blue-collar” workers who may not have been eloquent, but who then took His message to the world. All throughout the Bible, God used ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary works.
Yet when it comes to voting, we listen to how things are said rather than the content and the character of those who are doing the talking. I’ve often referred to the “royal elite” of the Republican Party — the elitism of the NeverTrumpers and the arrogance of those who really have no courage or a foundation on which to stand.
But we continue to gravitate to the eloquence of speech. In Chapters 3 and 4 of the Book of Exodus, Moses argued with the Lord and attempted to find every excuse for God to ask someone else to go in his place to Egypt. Moses’ fear? That he couldn’t speak eloquently enough. One of Moses’ final arguments was probably the one he surely thought would change God’s mind.
In Exodus 4:10, Moses said: “Oh my Lord, I am not eloquent. Neither before nor since You have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” Well, it was a good effort by Moses — but all it did was invoke anger in God, so off Moses reluctantly went to save his people.
What does this prove? That God uses those who are far from eloquent to do great things in and for His Kingdom.
You see, God doesn’t need the elite to do His work. He calls people who are perhaps looked down upon by the rest of society, for whatever reason, to accomplish His plans in big ways.
Let’s sift through all of the tiring campaign ads, all of the arrogance, and all of the eloquence of the politicians and their surrogates — and look at issues. None of the above will save a single baby’s life, allow us to invoke the name of God, preserve our religious liberties, protect our right to bear arms, or appoint Supreme Court justices who can change the future of America for good rather than evil.
And let’s give careful thought not to how we have heard things said, but listen carefully to what is being said — and what the true underlying agenda might be.
Dan Celia is president and CEO of Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries Inc., and host of the nationally syndicated radio and television program “Financial Issues,” heard daily on more than 600 stations across the country and reaching millions of households on the National Religious Broadcasters Network, BizTV, and Dove-TV.