As this election season gets more and more heated, the posts and articles filled with hate and misinformation are on the increase. But, the Lord has dealt with me again on this matter and reminded me that I’m not to judge or speak evil about anyone – including members of the government – and that I need to be praying for our leaders.
“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.” Eph. 4:31
“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. For
‘He who would love life
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.
Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.’” 1 Peter 3:8-12
There is certainly a way to deal with and discuss issues at hand, but being rude, calling people names, and even saying that it would be better if so-and-so were dead, is not it. We can stand against ideas and actions in a noble way – we can, and should, do things differently than the world.
Return with me to praying for those in authority in our country as Paul directed in 1 Timothy 2:1-4:
“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, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Bickering isn’t going to solve anything; neither will complaining. But, entrusting ourselves and our nation to the Lord by doing what He says (because we’re showing Him that we trust Him by obeying Him) CAN solve EVERYTHING. Let’s quit wasting time! 🙂
PS – you can click here for an excellent example of how to pray for your government!