Here in the United States, our government is entering the second week of a shutdown. Most government workers are being furloughed. The media seems to place all of the blame on Republicans. We haven’t had a budget approved since 2009. And the people are so frustrated with Congress’ inability to compromise that it has a 10% approval rating, the lowest since polls started being taken.
This is not a political blog. I don’t mention these points above to argue that the blame falls on both parties or to offer up some armchair quarterback solution to a complex problem.
I say this because it is time to pray for our leaders and our nation.
I have not been very good at this lately. I’ve been more inclined to take to facebook or CNN forums or talks with friends and family over our political and economic situation. I’ve debated people with little success in changing their opinions and no success at all in changing our government. Hours have been wasted in thought and conversation when those hours could have been spent productively in prayer.
I don’t mind Christian lobbyist groups (provided they’re not giving the church a bad name by judging others). I applaud strong Christians who want to make a difference as politicians. The most effective thing you can do for your country, no matter which one it is, is to pray for it and its leaders. God sent an angel to kill 185,000 Assyrians in a night in Isaiah 37. He gave Nebuchadnezzar a dream of a statue in Daniel 2, the interpretation of which was a prophecy of kingdoms to follow. He raises up and takes down nations, giving power to whom He will.
When we complain about our government, we complain about God’s decisions. We also go against the Biblical commands to pray for our nation and to trust in Him, regardless of the situation. Perhaps it is time to take a knee instead of taking a stand.