On Election Day, more people were searching the Bible for topics involving the end times than for praying for government.


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   [Here’s part of a recent post from the November, 2016 issue of Christianity Today. We cite it verbatim, color added.]

   And the top Bible verse of the 2016 presidential election: 2 Chronicles 7:14.

   In the New International Version, the passage reads, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

   Many Christians use 2 Chronicles 7:14 as encouragement to pray for their country since it covers a lot of ground (humility, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, healing). Christian leaders like Anne Graham Lotz, Franklin Graham, and Joel Osteen shared the verse in their election remarks, and it was quoted in pastors’ op-eds and letters to the editor in newspapers across the country.

   It was even read aloud in Congress on Tuesday, in honor of National Bible Week.

   Vice President-elect Mike Pence also referenced 2 Chronicles 7:14 in a CBN interview in October, saying, “It’s an important time for us to pray, and I believe what has always been true and is still true today: that if his people who are called by his name will humble themselves and pray, that he’ll again hear from heaven and he’ll heal our land.”

   Florida Southern Baptist pastor Dean Inserra nodded to the verse a month before the election, tweeting, “Somebody take 2 Chronicles 7:14 out of context real quick. We need a God Bless America rally pronto.”²


   ¹ See biblegateway.com.

   ² Somebody actually acknowledged in a tweet that “context” really matters?! Amazing! Wonders will never cease.