It feels like the political campaigns have been never-ending since the last presidential election. Unless you’ve been completely isolated from modern life, it’s been hard to miss the constant handshaking, baby-kissing, and mudslinging that’s prevailed recently.
Throughout, there have been references to end times, the end of America as we know it, and more.
I don’t pretend to understand the Lord’s will and purpose, and don’t possess the acuity or discernment of Solomon.
I humbly offer this.
We are privileged, as Americans, to be “one nation under God.” We have the right to work, worship, live, and play in freedom. We have choice. But this comes with a price.
We are to safeguard these rights by being good citizens and good stewards. The New Testament is clear on this (Romans 13:1-6):
“The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. ... Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. ... it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. ... If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”
We must pray for those seeking to govern, as well as those who govern, and for the salvation of all.
“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. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:1-4).
And we must pray for ourselves, for wisdom and discernment, to make wise choices in exercising our freedom: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5).
I’m praying with and for you, our community, our country, and our world.