Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Study, Pray, Learn

My pastor preached an unusual sermon (for him) on Sunday. He treads very carefully when it comes to preaching politics; the first time I can remember him saying anything really political was a bit after the passage of Obamacare (he's against it ;). This Sunday's sermon was somewhat less specific, but he did not hold back when it came to matters of leadership.

What should Christians do regarding politics? There are many things, of course, and I'm not trying to be all inclusive, but here are some ideas to start (I'll get back to Steve's sermon in a bit). First, we should study God's word. Too many Christians think they know what Scripture says but are, at best, making hopeful guesses (many don't even pretend to know; they just want what they want and figure it OUGHT to be in the Bible whether it is or not). Everything we do must be under the umbrella of Scripture or we are tilting at windmills (and worse). To understand what a biblical worldview is, one must know the Bible. This is obvious, of course, but the left will hurl proof texts at Christians as admonitions of what one must or mustn't do ("judge not lest ye be judged" is a particular favorite). If we don't understand the context of the verse (who's speaking, to whom is the message addressed, from what passage was the verse plucked, etc.) we are defenseless. And trust me--they almost always have the intent wrong (I was going to write that they always have the intent wrong, but I suppose that somewhere out there a leftie used a Bible verse correctly; I have not seen it personally, but the odds are that it happens now and then).

Second, we must pray. Perhaps I should have made this the first thing, but I made it second because reading the Bible will enlighten us regarding the things for which we should pray. Here is the hard thing--the thing that I fail at utterly, the thing that I don't want to do well, the thing that I must change my attitude toward: we must pray for our leaders and we must love them. Yes, I know. Barack Obama, the man I despise so much that I have still never seen a complete speech given by him because my blood pressure rises to unhealthy levels (I read the text later), is to become an object of my love. My attitude toward him is one of sin; I confess in front of all of you and ask for forgiveness. My prayers regarding Obama must be that he would become a Christian (honestly--does ANYONE out there think he's really a Christian, in the meaningful sense of the word?) and submit himself to God's will. Could you imagine how radically things would change if he did this? If I think about it, I get goosebumps. And so this must be my most fervent prayer--that Obama (Reid, Pelosi, et al.) would see God's truth, be converted, and submit to Him.

This must not be my only prayer, however. As Christ taught us we must pray that God's name be hallowed and that His will be done. And this is where Steve's sermon comes back into play. When we pray that God's will be done ("on earth, as it is in heaven"), we are not asking for meek, mild, gentle acts. There is nothing more important to God than His glory and there is nothing less sought after in Washington DC than that very thing. We should--we must--pray for change (change WE can believe in). As we have seen over and over in the Bible (and as we can see by reading Revelation), God enforces His will in dramatic fashion. No quiet, docile Savior is depicted in John's vision, but a warrior King, coming to dispense justice and to dispose of anyone who gets in His way. As Steve said, "If it is right for Jesus to do it, it is right for us to pray for Him to do it sooner, rather than later." Lord, remove anyone who gets in the way of your will.

The other things that Christians should do are not much different than the admonitions to anyone who desires to be a good citizen. Inform yourself regarding the issues. Vote. Write your congressmen (I found an iPhone app that makes emailing senators a piece of cake). Contribute to candidates. On and on--you know the drill.

More later...

1 comment:

  1. Nicely done! I, also have trouble praying for the gang of gangsters.
    Linden Swift