Friday, April 17, 2009

Pride, Politics and Prayer

I try to not talk much about politics on this blog, not because I don't want to polarize or offend, but mostly because I deeply value different opinions than my own.
Friends with different views on our culture and theology have broadened my view of others and have assisted me in clarifying what I believe. Many of them have challenged me to either practice what I preach or shut up. There have been times when I've had to do both.

These past few days, I've been filled with disbelief as I have watched national events play out on TV. How could Americans,..neighbors,..friends,.... see the same set of circumstances so differently? I am glad for the "lion-type/game-changer" personalities out there in the America who can articulate various points of view. Rush Limbaugh, Anderson Cooper, Sean Hannity, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and a host of others. I love their passion and I am again challenged/frustrated/encouraged when I hear them present opinions.

But here is just one of Becky's opinion about politics:
To align religion with politics is lashing ourselves to a cart that is heading for doom. Politics are necessary and provide America with the processes of order that we all need and cherish, but I think we are in danger when we consider "our" way as God's way.

Pride in anyone is detestable to God, His children or not.

That said, I also believe that the media and government are places of intense spiritual battles. The entire Old Testament reveals hundreds of stories that prove God cares deeply about the direction of the country.
II Chronicles 7:14 reminds us that God hears the prayers of the people and will indeed heal our land. We say we believe "He can", but we wonder if "He will".

Is that Faith?
I'm not sure it is.

There's more in that verse that we need to do besides pray, but the point is that He gives the promise to "His people". He doesn't expect anything from the people who aren't "His",..they don't know His goodness.
I bet God grieves that we prefer living in spiritual poverty rather than wrestling in prayer and getting His promises.

Let's not give up on our country. I don't want to get to Heaven and see the big picture to realize that Satan won, not because of politics, but because of a lack of prayer.

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