Already so much has been said and written following the mid-term elections in the United States. The news media, as well as all of the various leaders in the church have taken each their turns in assaying what happened and where we might be going. What happened is really simple we are a country that is very divided on a lot of issues, and yes, there is a lot of demonic warfare attempting to pull America off of her call as a ‘Sheep Nation.”
Nevertheless, we still have to consider that there are real people taking on governmental positions, some that have no clue why they are there or what they are doing. But, here we are and now President Trump is forced to work with a Democratic party led House of Representatives. Maybe we can get something done. I’m sure that most conservatives are expecting a lame duck session with nothing accomplished two years. The Senate is led by Republicans and the executive is too. I think what we have is an opportunity.
I am not turning into a liberal or anything like that, but rather I am looking through the lens of the Father that says we have to heal, and we have to attempt to find common ground and go from there. As Christians we can never compromise the gospel or God’s word. We need to see prayer return to schools, abortion on demand ended, among other issues. We must take care of the poor and elderly, and the strangers among us. We also must protect our borders, and protect our citizens from what comes through our borders.
It is not the government’s responsibility to feed the poor or take care of the elderly or orphans. In 1929 if the ‘Church’ in America had taken her role and helped the helpless when the stock market crash occurred we might not see a nation so dependent on government subsidies. Yes, governments do exist to serve the people and there is a role to play. We cannot go back and change time and we are still a nation of varied ethnicities and religions.
The only hope is Jesus. But, how do we make that work given the current situation? Our first mandate is to pray. I am reminded of what Paul wrote in Romans 13:1, ‘Let every person be subject to the governing authorities, For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Then 1 Timothy 2:1-4 Paul writes, “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings, and all who are in high positions”. Why? continuing Paul says, “that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our savior, who desires all people to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Wow, what a statement! You see as bad as we don’t want to, we are told to submit to our leaders, and further pray for them. We definitely do not have to agree with them, but honor their position of authority. That’s hard to swallow considering how the media and many have treated President Trump and other senior leaders. If we are to be light in darkness or to be salt in this society we must obey God’s word first, and not act as the others do. There is a day of justice coming, but we need to pray for all mens souls, for salvation, and for our leaders to have wisdom in ruling.
That means that I have to pray for newly elected member of Congress Rashida Tlaib, from Michigan’s 13th district who is Palestinian. Her family lives in the West Bank. She appeared on television after she found out she had won draped in a Palestinian flag, not an American flag. She is outspoken of President Trump and America’s relationship with Israel and vows to vote against any funding of Israel. Yet I must pray for her. Proverbs 21:1 says that”the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord.” This means God can ultimately turn the king or ruler’s heart wherever He wills. But, He is not going to to do it without our prayers.
We all have our favorite agendas, and as we pray and vote and go through each day we expect to see change. Our first responsibility is our family and our community. God has called us to be faithful in our community and city, and some of us are called up higher to the state, regional or even National level. As disciples of Jesus we are citizens of the Kingdom of God first, and second, of our respective countries. As citizens of the kingdom and citizens of the United Sates therefore we must keep in mind our priorities. Obey Jesus’ commands to love the Lord first and then our neighbor as ourselves. Loving them does not mean we agree with them but we need to live a holy, Godly life before them.
If we want America to be a sheep nation again we must fully devote ourselves to prayer, and to living out Jesus’ commands before a people that seem to be becoming more and more wicked and unrighteous. I don’t think America is a a goat nation yet meaning it has fallen over to the hand and control of Satan, but is definitely divided between sheep and goats. The separation will get wider as wickedness and righteousness are more clearly defined in the days ahead, but we must pray for our leaders for repentance from sin and wicked ways, and if the time come,s we have to refuse to obey when it goes against the word of God and forces us to not serve God.
So, as Paul said, “Pray without ceasing”. And we all know the famous verse in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that states that if God’s people will repent and ask Him He will heal the land. So, in addition to praying for our leaders we need to pray for the land to be healed. The land itself is divided from all of the evil, and unrighteousness that abounds. It’s time to get more real and more serious than ever about prayer. I pray a spirit of prayer and intercession fall on God’s people all across this nation to pray for the land to be healed and for our leaders.
In order to be fully united it must be through Jesus and Him alone. Nevertheless, we can and we have to work with those in authority. Jesus prayed in John 17 ‘that they all may be one.” He was praying about the disciples and the church but I believe that ultimately He was praying for all nations, tribes and tongues to be one. We are still one country, divided, yes, but we have an opportunity to see God move in our nation like never before.