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And across the country, love them or hate them … people have opinions.
This is not something that’s unique to the United States. All around the world you’ll find people with strong feelings about those who run their governments.
The thing that’s a somewhat unique, is that in America we are free to express our opinions openly without fear of repercussion.
And do we ever express our
Which is the reason for my question.
What politician do you hate the most?
And my second question.
What are you doing about it?
I have to be honest with you and tell you I’m as politically opinionated as the next person. And yes, I’ve been known to have a good rant on occasion. Although, I’m realizing that absolutely nothing productive is accomplished when you and I vehemently voice our opinions and divide the room.
So, I’m starting with repentance and asking God to forgive me for crummy attitudes and then I’m going to…
Well, I’ll get to that.
Respect everyone, and love your1 Peter 2:17
Christianbrothers and sisters. Fear God and respect the king.
Do you know the king about whom he was writing?
Nero! Yes, that Nero! The Emperor who blamed Christians for the fire that burned nearly half of Rome and then had them arrested, tortured, and executed for the amusement of his citizens.
And still, Paul wrote…
Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.Titus 3:1–2
Now you may be thinking about all of the ways the politician you hate most doesn’t follow these Biblical principles as you believe they should. And you may very well be right!
You and I can only control our own words, actions, and attitudes and that’s what we have been called to do.
Like it or not, even when we don’t understand it … the truth is that politician you hate most has been placed in his or her position by God.
Paul also wrote…
Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So, anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted…Romans 13:1–2
Did you ever stop to think that by your words and actions you could very well be rebelling against God
The truth is, you and I don’t have to leave it there. You see, I’m not suggesting we sit back in frustration and do nothing.
In fact, to the contrary … it’s time for us to take action!
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority…1 Timothy 2:1–2
And Jesus said…
“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!Matthew 5:43–44
So, even if you feel that the politician you hate is taking away your freedoms and “persecuting” you—let me ask…
When is the last time you prayed for the politician you hate?
If you’re like me, you’re quick to share your opinions with your friends and you may even feel comfortable sharing them through the screen of social media, but for some reason, you and I hesitate before we share them with the Lord in prayer.
So, I’m challenging myself to a new attitude with new words and actions.
I’m humbly admitting that taking sides and trashing those with whom I don’t agree is not God-honoring and I’m urging myself to faithfully pray for our nation’s leaders … even, and maybe especially, those with whom I disagree.
I’m taking any and all of my concerns and frustrations to God. I’m repenting of any divisive contributions I’ve made to the discussions. I’m asking Him to heal the divides and restore us as One Nation Under God.
If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.2 Chronicles 7:14
Will you join me in praying the following verses…
The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to Him. All the families of the nations will bow down before HPsalm 22:28
Father, in so many ways we have denied Your commands and ignored Your will. Please forgive us and heal us. I pray that by the power of Your Holy Spirit, You will work an awakening of faith. We need the fruit only Your Spiri can give. We need “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Oh, Father, we need Jesus. All the families of all the nations will bow before Him someday, may we humbly bow before Him now … trusting His commands and following His ways.
And Father, pour out Your Spirit through the halls of government and bring our nation’s leaders to faith. May they seek You first and faithfully surrender to Your will, in Jesus name. Amen.
We put our hope in the Lord.Psalm 33:20–23
He is our help and our shield.
In Him, our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in His holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in You alone.
Father, may we as a nation stop putting our hope and faith in people, policies, and platforms. May we love You
May the leaders of our government trust Your Word and honor Your commands. May their choices not be persuaded by power, popularity, or prosperity but by the power of Your Truth guided by Your Spirit. Amen.
Praise the name of God forever and ever,Daniel 2:20–21
for He has all wisdom and power.
He controls the course of world events;
He removes kings and sets up other kings.
He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars.
Father, we will praise Your name forever. You are wisdom. Kings and kingdoms are in Your hands. You are able to use both good and bad leaders for Your plans and purposes.
Father, I ask You to give our leaders Your wisdom. May they fear you, as fearing You is the beginning of wisdom and those who obey Your commands grow in wisdom (Psalm 111:10)
Friends, God’s got this!
We can trust Him.
I understand that strong negative reactions are typically based on fear.
But when you and I trust God and truly believe that He controls the course of world events, removes kings and sets up other kings … then we have nothing to fear.
And while we wait, we do what we can…
We can pray. We can vote. And we can shine the Light of His Love!
And a short postscript…
If you think you can tell the politician or politicians I dislike the most, you may very well be wrong.
I absolutely did not write this post to discuss or debate political opinions and I will not go there. I wrote this because we have an opportunity to make a difference … not with our disagreements but with our prayers.
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