Updated: Oct 8, 2018
For the first time in my life, I am embarrassed to be an American. Okay, that is not exactly true. I am embarrassed by the actions of the parties in Washington. But I’m also embarrassed by the actions of our nation’s citizens. I stand for the freedom we call our own; however, can we not have that freedom without the hate to go with it? The level of hate I see on social media frightens me. That same hate seems to have been elected to our government. No, I’m not going all political on you. But I am saying that change is needed.
How do we change our government? PRAYERS! Also, that change starts with us and our intolerance of other’s opinions that differ from ours. Republicans and Democrats attack each other because of their party views. Stop seeing just a party line, start seeing a human who might have a better idea than you.
1 Timothy 2:1-2, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” We should be praying for all members of our government, not just the ones we agree with. All members in authority, this means our law enforcement, they need our prayers daily for the dangers they face. Set aside your differences and earnestly pray for our leaders and people in authority.
1 Peter 2:17, “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.” We have lost the ability to respect each other. We have chosen our own opinions to matter more than anyone else’s at all cost. We have resorted to name calling, spreading lies, and even violence. Peter said to “show proper respect to everyone” not who you agree with, but everyone no matter who it is. Allow me to refresh your memory as to the definition of respect. “A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.” Okay, so you may not admire someone deeply; however, you can show respect. To show respect means to be polite and kind. We taught our children this simple rule when they were small. The Golden Rule, remember it?
Proverbs 11:14, “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.” Our nation has plenty of advisers, but no guidance. We have removed the one true authority we need, God. We need to pray for guidance, we need to pray for our leaders and their guidance. The decisions they make ultimately affect us. You cannot say I do not like politics and not get involved, you are involved the minute you vote. You are involved the minute you are born too!
So, our call is simple, change our thinking about politics and get on our knees. Pray for local leaders, pray for state leaders, and then pray for our national leaders. Once you have done that, make a list of our people in authority, law enforcement, teachers, judges, etc. and include them in your prayers. Prayer changes people, if not our leaders then it will change you.