I’m a fairly political person. Rather opinionated, too. I don’t pretend to know everything about government or politics, to be sure, but I do acknowledge their significance in this world. And specifically, these United States. It’s just about time for another political JCC post, given the changing of the guard occurring next week in the White House. I listen to my Bible on CD while driving in my car, and the other day, I was struck by the beautiful prayer King Solomon delivered upon dedication of the temple he had built for God.
Would you please do me a favor and read that prayer? It’s lengthy, but I’ll still be here when you’re done. The prayer is found in II Chronicles 6:12-42. Whoa. Did you READ that prayer?! King Solomon’s humility, reverence, and faithfulness are quite striking. But wait, there’s more! Read both the celebratory procession and God’s response to Solomon’s prayer. It’s all found in II Chronicles 7. Oh. My. Goodness. Friends, we need to be praying like THAT for OUR nation. In order to hear from God THOSE same promises for US. A new United States President and Vice President are not the only things being ushered in next week. There are other things. Hope for some, distrust for others. Uncertainty for many, assurance for others. There are those on each side of the political aisle wisely appealing to all Americans to get behind our incoming executive leadership.
And I would concur because I feel that we need to work together to move forward as a nation. But what we need as a nation is GOD. We need to turn our faces back to Him. We need to pray that He would draw us unto Himself. That we would humble ourselves and seek Him with our whole beings. That we would love God as Jesus directed in Matthew 22:37, with our whole hearts, all our souls, and all our minds. I want so much that our land would be healed. That we would pray, turn from our wicked ways, and be forgiven. That God would continue to choose and consecrate our own bodies as His temple where He resides. God said that when we humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, He will hear us from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land. That’s what I so desire for our nation. Please let us continue to pray for these United States. Its salvation. Its peace. Its healing. And let us please continue to pray for our incoming President and Vice President.
That they would seek God’s face. That they would do God’s will. That they would contribute to the benevolence of the many. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: in Romans 13:1, we read that there is no governing authority on earth that is not subject to God. That means that our government officials and indeed our politicians are under God’s authority. The Message explains that verse very well: “Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible.
Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.” Nothing to fear, indeed. Especially when we humble ourselves, pray, and turn from our wicked ways. Because then God promises to hear us, forgive us, and heal our land.
Kimberly Lancaster January 14, 2017