Where do you place your trust? Who do you go to in a crisis? When fear grips you and you feel that gnawing down in your gut- what do you do?
I turn to the Lord. And I will tell you why. Because when the government passes laws I don’t agree with, when evil seems to be winning, when hatred and anger grow- I remember His promises.
Psalm 9 is a great passage about nations who disobey God-and it reminds me to pray for our nation- that we may turn to God- and as the songs says “kings and kingdoms will all pass away, but there’s something about that name.”
Psalm 22 is another great psalm to read when you are feeling discouraged by all the lying and manipulation- (for instance, politicians only saying what they need to for the votes and then doing whatever they want when they get elected)
1 I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
3 My enemies turn back;
they stumble and perish before you.
4 For you have upheld my right and my cause,
sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6 Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
you have uprooted their cities;
even the memory of them has perished.
7 The LORD reigns forever;
he has established his throne for judgment.
8 He rules the world in righteousness
and judges the peoples with equity.
9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
26 The poor will eat and be satisfied;
those who seek the LORD will praise him—
may your hearts live forever!
27 All the ends of the earth
will remember and turn to the LORD,
and all the families of the nations
will bow down before him,
28 for dominion belongs to the LORD
and he rules over the nations.
29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
those who cannot keep themselves alive.
30 Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord.
31 They will proclaim his righteousness,
declaring to a people yet unborn:
He has done it!
When I get into heated discussions with people, and am tempted to be rude or sarcastic- I remember these words from 2 Timothy.
2 Timothy 2 is such a great passage, I encourage you to read all of it, but I will focus on some specific verses.
14… Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene…
22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
Phillipians 2 is another great passage, talking about humility and avoiding needless arguments.
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
I feel helpless sometimes when the govt. passes bills I don’t agree with. Sometimes I feel like no one cares about the social issues that tear my heart out.
Sometimes friends say things about me b/c I have different views than them- or they post articles that imply I am ignorant for holding the beliefs that I do- and it hurts. But how I handle those situations is a reflection of my character- and where I place my faith- and who’s opinion truly matters.
I try whenever I can to let God’s Word stand alone. For I find that it says things much better than I ever could.
Most of all I hope that we can all love each other despite our differences- and never stop having compassion and kindness, in humility considering others more highly than ourselves. (Phil 2:3-4)
God holds us all accountable for voting and standing for causes that honor Him and rising up and speaking against those that seek to undermine and destroy what God considers sacred.
We live in an amazing country where we are able to make our voice heard, and can impact elections, laws, and legislation. We can make our voices heard.
What shall God say if we remain silent- and do not raise our voices on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves?
10 If you falter in a time of trouble,
how small is your strength!
11 Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?
Lord, may we bear the responsibility and privilege of living in this great country with honor. May we give glory to you and remember the vision of our forefathers- that many of them feared and trusted you as their Savior and God. Let us therefore be willing to sacrifice our own comforts to defend the defenseless. May you stir up compassion within us for those who are oppressed and may we take up their cause. Shake us out of our apathy Lord and stir within us a passionate desire to raise our voice against persecution and injustice- against lies and manipulation of power. May we hold those accountable who exploit others for their own personal gain. Thank you for this country that we live in Lord, and the freedoms we enjoy. May we not take them for granted- but rather use this freedom that you have graciously given us to bring honor and glory to Your Name. In Jesus Name, Amen.