One may question the validity of our country’s motto, “In God We Trust.” Is that true of America today? The media definitely makes it appear to be quite the opposite. If you support/promote God in any way, you are immediately labeled as a bigotted, judgmental, intolerant, and hate-filled individual. But again I ask, is that true of America?
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to take the junior and senior class to the state capital. We were passing out information about the association of Christian schools that our school happens to be a part of. More importantly for me, however, was to have our kids interacting with the legislators. Being able to put a face to our lawmakers and interacting with them on a personal basis is a big deal to these kids. They need to come away with the understanding that it is not impossible to have a voice. I love that experience and jump at any opportunity to have that time.
Part of our day was a chance to sit in on a session of the House and Senate. In the Senate, the session was started by standing for a word of prayer. Yes, a word of prayer! We may never hear of that in the media, but there are still state governments in our country that keep that as a priority. Are the prayers closely following the format outlined in Scripture or of one denomination? They are certainly not, but let’s not overlook the fact that it is taking place. Not only do they start with prayer but I also heard that daily and weekly Bible studies are held. This inspired/challenged me in several ways that I’d like to extend to you…
- Pray for our government on all levels (federal, state, & local).
- Pray for and literally encourage individuals who are in a government role (call, email, connect on social media, or (best) meet face-to-face).
- If you have the opportunity to be active in government, don’t shy away from sharing your faith. People are more open to it than you might think.
- Look for chances to begin a Bible study or to come and pray for a political group (again on a level that would be practical).
Paul reminds us in 1 Timothy 2:1-4 that, if we expect to live peaceful and meaningful lives, we have to take action. An essential part of that action is praying for our government, being an active citizen that takes time to share that with our leaders. While they may not agree, following God’s instruction cannot do any harm.
Let’s do our part to truly make this “one nation under God” as we continue to…
Walk in Him.