1 Timothy 2:1-2
“First of all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, that outwardly we may pass a quiet and undisturbed life and inwardly a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way.” (AMPC)
Personally, I strongly encourage Christians to participate in government. Most of our Founding Fathers were either devoted Christians and/or ordained ministers of the Gospel and as such, they saw no separation between their faith and living practical Christian lives within their own communities. The Christians in early America were a praying people. Perhaps it was because they read what the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, which is cited above.
The Lord loves to hear His people pray and He seems equally excited to answer those prayers. It is the Lord’s desire that a nation be blessed. He wants families to live in peace and to have lives that are quiet and secure, fruitful and productive. Yet today, there are revisionists among us, those molesters of history, who would seek to have us believe that there is no place for God in government, even though the God of the Bible is the One who invented it. They would also have us believe that there is some document, law, or ruling that declares that there should be a separation between church and state when no such founding document exists.
Government cannot and will not operate properly without God. Can a car take you from zero to sixty without an engine? Can a plane fly without wings? “And if a sparrow cannot fall without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?” said the statesman Benjamin Franklin. Even so, a nation cannot flourish without the Lord. Look to the nations of the world that have rejected God. They exist by the exploitation of their people. The leaders offer themselves as the answer to man’s woes. They elevate themselves to such tyrannical, god-like status that they seek to replace the God that they denounce.
Every good leader is first a follower. Therefore, our nation cannot be led well by those who refuse to follow the Creator of government. The Church needs a revival and our nation needs a renewal, but first the Lord requires that we petition, pray, and intercede with thanksgiving on behalf of all men for kings and all who are in position of authority or high responsibility. We are indeed a blessed nation, but we need godly leaders for America to be restored to her former glory. For this to happen, Christians must get involved. We need to vote, petition, speak up and even run for office if the Lord calls us to do so, but most of all, we need to pray. It is what we, as believers, are commanded to do.
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