Those who apply God’s principles to government pave the way for generations of blessing. In 1768 a Christian minister named John Witherspoon became president of the College of New Jersey, now Princeton. While there he taught biblical principles of government to his students. Of the 478 young men who were graduated during his tenure, writes author John Eidsmoe, “114 became ministers; 13 were state governors; 3 were U. S. Supreme Court judges; 20 were U.S. Senators; 33 were U.S. Congressmen; Aaron Burr, Jr., became Vice-President; and James Madison became President.”
As a Christian, Witherspoon exerted an enormous influence on the direction of American government. You and I may not have the gifts of John Witherspoon, but we can still make a big difference if we put our minds to it.
Matthew 28:19 –Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and low I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.”
We can never forget that we are Christians first, Americans second. Since, our ultimate goal is to bring people to saving knowledge and acceptance of Jesus Christ, we must pray.
Do you know that prayer is the best thing you and we can do for politics and politicians? We can pray for the will of God to be acknowledged, we can pray for attention to the needs of the people, we can pray that the plagues that infect us may be removed.
And friends, whichever way this election goes, we are called to pray, never denying our prayer for the victors (whoever it may be). We will lift up the president and the congress, the mayor and the council, all of our elected officials. And when (not if, but when), when they mess up (because they will), and when they get too high-and-mighty, when they forget where they came from, when they forget who it is they are supposed to serve, then we need to pray some more.
Because, if our civilization falls, part of the blame will fall on the people of God who did not listen to God’s word when it said, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Now get you sample ballot ready and start looking through it. Investigate the candidates, and pray. Then go VOTE!
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