As Legal Fights Continue in Key States, Evangelical Leader
Urges ‘Prayer’ and ‘Patience’—and Calls Out the Media
for ‘Highly Inflamed Sense of Their Own Importance’
November 17, 2020
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—A number of states, as of this moment, remain embroiled in fierce legal battles and ballot-recounting challenges as 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.”
As 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.
“Whichever candidate is eventually declared the winner, let us all covenant to pray for him, as we are commanded to do by Holy Scripture.
“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. He also writes a regular weekly column for The Christian Post, where he serves as an executive editor.
Land teaches classes at SES on a regular basis. Recently he taught a live-streaming ethics class from the perspective of biblical truth and natural law. Last month, SES offered a new class on “Christian Theology, Racism, and Social Justice.” Land, as “lead teacher,” welcomed Dr. Alveda King, Kay James, and Ralph Reed as prominent guest speakers who addressed various aspects of these issues. It was a live-streamed course.
SES will also offer its premier “Philosophy, Politics and Economics” program in the spring. Available primarily at a select group of top-tier universities around the globe, SES’s PPE program shares a Christian perspective on the intersection of philosophy, politics, and economics—focusing on the works of Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Karl Marx, Thomas Aquinas, Robert Sirico, Jay Richards, and others. Encouraging and training Christians on these issues and helping believers learn how to defend their beliefs are the imperatives behind SES’s PPE program. Learn more about it and other SES classes here or visit ses.edu/apply.
SES recently completed its premier annual conference in apologetics, which was boldly virtual in 2020. Over 1,500 attendees from approximately 28 states and Puerto Rico—and an estimated 23 different countries—heard from a record-breaking 75 speakers. All sessions are now posted online for on-demand viewing for attendees. As Dr. Land noted about SES’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) this year, “People can still become virtual apologetics ‘time-travelers’ and attend all the general sessions as well as the more than 100 workshops offered. When you pay a $30 registration, you can watch all of the sessions and workshops as many times as you desire until April 15, 2021—and you can have as many people watch them with you as you wish. The entire program of speakers is a great resource for Bible studies and prayer groups as well.”
To learn more about the NCCA virtual conference, visit conference.ses.edu. For 27 years, SES’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics has given believers the tools, knowledge, and motivation to defend their beliefs in a culture that is sometimes hostile toward Christianity.
To interview Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary, contact Hamilton Strategies, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.