(Note: This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated–without any extra cost to you– when you make a purchase through these links. You can read our Disclaimer here).
As a Nation, we’ve been immensely blessed…In many ways we take several of our blessings for granted. We have running water, sanitary conditions, easy access to doctors, etc. I believe that one of our biggest blessings is the power of our voice. We in America have the power to make our voices heard. With privilege comes responsibility. We have the ability and freedom to make our voices heard in the way that this country is run; but we also have the responsibility to pray for our leaders.
I think so often in life we look at prayer as the last resort. The least we can do. In reality prayer is the most that we can do…It isn’t something that should be overlooked. The God that we serve has the power to change human hearts!
The Apostle Paul was once violently persecuting the Church. When Stephen was stoned to death Paul—then known as Saul—was there guarding the clothes of those who were throwing the rocks (Acts 22:20). When Saul was converted and became Paul many in the Church were actually afraid of him. The guy that was once persecuting them was now on their side (Acts 9:26).
If God can change a man like Saul, a man who once killed people who believed in Jesus and turn him into someone who gave his very life for believing in that same Jesus; what on earth makes us think that God can’t intervene in the hearts of those in our government?!?!?!?!
“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 forgive their sin and heal their land.
~2 Chronicles 7:14
This Nation will never change if we keep pointing fingers. All of us have sin in our lives. No one is perfect (Romans 3:23). In God’s eyes sin is sin. A little white lie is as bad a murder. Humanity has somehow rated sin and made some sins worse than others. That’s not the case. Sin is sin and ALL sin no matter how small we deem it gives us the same result: separation from God (Isaiah 59:2). We’re all in need of a Savior. That’s why Jesus came and died. He came to this earth to die for humanity…all humanity. When we were His enemies He died for us (Romans 5:6-8).
The Nation will only change by each one of us changing individually.
We have become a people obsessed with being better than others. “I’m not as bad as So-and-So because of X, Y, and Z”. Y’all the only way that this Nation will be more loving and Christ-like is if her people become such. In our own lives we need to be living as the lights that we are. We need to quit making excuses to love the hard people and start treating every human we come into contact with as a child of God…because that’s exactly who they are (Genesis 1:26-28)!
Romans 13:1 reminds us that God is the one who is in control of our government. He is the one who places the people into positions of authority. 2 Timothy 2:1-4 commands us to pray for all people especially those who are in authority. But here’s the thing, in America we can do more than pray. We can vote. We can make our voices be heard. WE HAVE A SAY IN WHETHER OR NOT OUR FREEDOMS ARE PROTECTED AND HOW GODLY WE LET OUR NATION BE. There will never be a perfect candidate. But through studying the Bible, looking in-depth at the candidates and spending time in prayer we will be able to make the wisest decision.
With great privilege comes great responsibility. I want to encourage all of us to recognize the great blessings that we have because of living in America, to realize the sacrifice of so many to guarantee and protect these blessings. But I also want to remind us of the responsibility that we have to pray for and to elect those who will continue to protect our freedoms. We are saying something even when we say nothing at all. Praying for our leaders and voting are not to be taken for granted or taken lightly…They both are a great privilege that we should thank God for.
Until next time,