Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. I’m certain Jesus says that somewhere in the Bible. Yes, John 8:7. Every day I wake up to the usual – rants about the election and our presidential candidates. While people are watching debates I see sarcastic posts on Facebook like “I Can’t“. Meaning I can’t take it. Personally I can’t take it either. I cannot take the so-called God-fearing Christians sitting on Facebook all day spewing out their opinions regarding this election. Sometimes I think I’m out of touch with reality because I do not talk about the election all day long.
I recall four years ago when Barak Obama was running for a second term it was pretty much the same thing. Did Barak Obama make callous remarks about women? Was his opponent accused of a federal offense? No. But both men had their character assaulted. In 2008, were we singing rosy songs about how much we love America or was George W. Bush constantly lambasted for the way he led America? What’s my point? The point is as human beings we will always find something wrong with each other – when that’s exactly what we are looking for! As a eight year believer in Christ, you will find that I strive to live a Godly life. But come visit me on a bad day when I can’t seem to get it together. You might witness my children cry because I yelled at them for dropping something on the floor. Or you might see my husband hurt because I’ve made him feel like the scum of the earth because he forgot the milk. Does that disqualify me as a leader for Christ? Should I be fired from my job? Should I no longer serve as a children’s leader in church? Certainly, there are behaviors we engage in that will disqualify us as leaders. But my issue is we seem to be content on looking at the faults of others and not our own. When we cannot see our own sin – we are less likely to extend grace to others.
God says over and over in the Bible, “if my people would“… Implying if my people will do this, then He will do something. I have a radical idea America; let’s pray like God commands us.
2 Chronicles 7:14 “if My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land”.
This isn’t directed to the government because we have a habit of letting these words bounce off our chest onto “them“. No. It’s directed to you – it’s directed to me. When I think I’m out of touch with reality I remind myself that I am not. I’m in touch with the reality of God’s Word that says to pray for our leaders; 1 Timothy 2:1-3 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.
If I cannot trust God with my prayers for this nation, then I need not be a Christian.
Lord, in Heaven, there are no human beings on this earth who are perfect. Lord, King David, a man after your heart, failed. Lord, we know Moses failed. Aaron failed. Saul failed. We all fail at times. Why can we not remember this, Lord? You forgive repentant hearts so help us to pray for leaders to have repentant hearts centered on You. Forgive us for not praying. Forgive us for judging others. Help us see our own sin, Lord. Change us from the inside out. Bless us Lord. Bless our communities. Bless the leaders in our government.. And God bless America. In Jesus name Amen.
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