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No Politics, Just Faith

By Jim Connor, Assistant to the Executive Pastor

In today’s politically charged world we often hear arguments on both sides of the aisle blaming the other for the problems we face.  The Democrats blame the Republicans, the Republicans blame the Democrats.  We are in the middle attempting to figure out who is right.  Sound familiar?  The answer has been in front of us all along.  

The answer is faith. Faith that God’s Will Be Done! But it is not automatic.

In 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

We must humble ourselves, pray and seek God’s face. But read on: turn from their wicked ways. Only then will God hear us from Heaven and heal our land.

The chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives and of the U.S. Senate open each session with a prayer and have done so for over 200 years.  What can we do as citizens? We can gather together, acknowledge 2 Chronicles 7:14 and pray for our nation’s leaders and Chaplains that they truly seek the will of God. Pray that they can look beyond normal politics and seek the face of God. If the Chaplains do this with every session they open, their words will fall upon the shoulders of our elected officials creating hope. Hope that they can really seek the Will of God, turn our nation around and reflect this Christian image to all citizens.

The first Thursday in May each year our government issues a proclamation declaring a National Day of Prayer. This proclamation invites our people to turn to God in prayer and meditation in churches, groups and individuals. Scripture reminds us over and over that our fervent prayer is effective.

James 5:16, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Luke 11:9, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”  Knocking, by definition, is persistent repetition.

Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

Pay your taxes, follow the laws of the land, honor our elected officials, but remember to pray to God for guidance, healing and spiritual growth of our leaders so Christian beliefs and principles can lead them in the exercise of our government. Do not wait for the next National Day of Prayer, make this a daily prayer or in other words “fervent prayer.” Constantly pray: Hear Us… Forgive us… Heal us! For the Glory of Your Great Name.

If we follow the guidance given to us in scripture we can have FAITH that our politics will reflect a caring and loving nation. 

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