The Need of the People

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.

Ronald Reagan

Recently, you may have noticed that our nation is in the middle of a great struggle. We have ISIS on our doorstep, controversy in our courts, and corruption in our government. There is a great fear in this nation, a fear which is driving people to do one of two things; loose their minds, or find some better solution to their problems. And then there is the sensible third way, where people look to better the issue themselves, rather than looking to someone in power to do it for them.

The issue though is not just a political one.

The shootings that have taken place this week are not a reflection of gun violence or even racial hatred. It is obvious that when a nation turns away from God it receives the very things that are not of God. Sin equals death. I’m not saying that the Police Officers or the men who were shot earlier this week were evil. I am not saying that the ones who died deserved it. What I am saying is that when a nation turns its back on God everyone will be effected in some way. The ONLY way we will find peace is through God. There is no gun law, political debate, assassination or government intervention that will end the death that is taking place around us. Look at Israel. Time and time again, they turned from God, and the consequences were always painful. But God was always there for them. It is not to late for us. It may be too late for America, but that is not our ultimate allegiance. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” This is not a promise for a renewed Israel/America. This is a promise for a renewed people.

It is time to stop looking at this problem like it is an American issue. This is a God issue. This is an issue where the people need to turn back to God, because everything else will ultimately fail us.

That is not to say that we should not be involved in bettering the nation we live in. It is time for pastors and other Christians to run for office. It is time for us to vote. Sitting back and waiting for things to get better will solve nothing. God has given us a mission on this earth; to spread His name and do His will. If God’s will for your life is to run for office, then do it. Look at David, Daniel, Moses, Solomon, and even Jesus. All of these men were either involved in the politics of their nation or had a run in with it. Jesus was put to death by men who were not only concerned with their religion but with their state as well. While it was prophecy and the mercy of God that killed Jesus for our sins, it was the government that carried it out. God used and uses government as a tool. He places the men in power to influence our relationship with Him. Romans 13:1 says “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by God’s appointment, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God.” This does not mean that we should bow down to the government or allow our lives to be ruled by them. When Pharaoh enslaved Israel, it was God who showed them the path out of Egypt. It was God who appointed Moses to confront the men in power to release his people. And it was God who left the men of that government at the bottom of an ocean.

If God does heal America, it might just be through his people that he does it. And if that is the case, we need to embrace that idea, not reject it. While government does not and should not solve everything, it is a big part of making an impact in this nation. It is how America and any other nation functions and remains one. When government is broken, we have civil war. But when government functions as it should, knowing its limits and its duties, we have what our founding fathers referred to as a “Government of the People”.

Do not look at the evil in our lives hopelessly. God will ultimately prevail. And if God prevails, so shall His people.

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