Just thinking that now that the Mid-term votes are over; it’s time that the Church does what we are commanded to do:
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1Timothy 2:1–3, ESV)
Of all things, with the many political issues in front of us and our country, the Body of Christ should be praying. I grow weary and somewhat embarrassed when I read and hear the vitriol and bitterness that comes out of some of the Christ Follower’s mouths, concerning our President, congress and the associated parties. To my shame I have fallen to the temptation to lash out, as well.
God’s word is clear He is Sovereign over the nations and their rulers:
- Over nations – “… “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.” (2 Chronicles 20:6, ESV)
- Over rulers – “who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness. Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.” (Isaiah 40:23–24, ESV)
- … that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.’” (Daniel 4:17, ESV)
God reminds us about the danger of our tongues,
“With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.” (James 3:9–10, ESV)
My forever friends, we are commanded to pray for those in authority over us so that, “we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” I wonder what our country and the status of the church would look like if indeed we the Followers of Christ would pray daily for those over us.
My challenge to you is to do just that, next time we are tempted to complain or lash out with bitter harsh words, PRAY! Ask God to remind you to pray for our government.
Perhaps it would be an important reminder also; that the Church’s Mandate from the Lord (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8) is to make disciples that make disciples, politics and its activism are not the priority of the church.