I will admit that nothing makes my blood boil faster than talking about politics. I struggle to sit and listen to the news when it bashes my values. I avoid political discussions with people of differing viewpoints. I have wondered what my attitude should be in all of this. I don’t want to be constantly angry when thinking about politics; yet, apathy about politics is not healthy, either. Sometimes politics seem so overwhelming that we just give up. Some people are lazy; while others are afraid of being politically incorrect. Some are afraid that if they care about politics, it will be a time-consuming effort.
Under the current political scheme, I have many concerns for our religious freedoms. I am concerned that one day I will end up in prison for trying to homeschool my children; or for telling my children that homosexuality is wrong. I have concerns that abortions will become even easier for women. Right now there is a possibility that Plan B abortion pill could be sold over the counter without any age restrictions . Children are being taught in various ways that life is commonplace and cheap. Yes, politics makes my blood boil, but it also makes me sick to my stomach when I think of where this country is headed. What can you and I do to stop these horrible evils? Take some small steps. I signed up for FRC Action emails. They do the work of keeping up with events and let you know when to call your senators or send a letter to a CEO. Be a voice. Don’t sit quietly by the sidelines.
Here’s the truth of the matter. I really need God to work in my heart. I have been struggling with Romans 13:1-2 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” I very highly doubt that when the Apostle Paul wrote this letter that he agreed with the Roman government and their policies. Yet, the Holy Spirit had Paul write these verses for us. God is sovereign. Whoever the authorities are, God has put them in place. I am not saying that you should pray for the President to be able to pass policies that oppose God and His Word. Yet, I caution you to watch your heart. If you are filled with hatred or disrespect, you will not be able to pray for them.
I Timothy 2:1-3 says, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,” Out of obedience to God, I am called to pray for the authorities. In the depths of my heart, I do not want to pray for the President or the leaders. This shows up my own sinfulness, and my need for God to change my heart. How about you? Do you show disrespect for the President or other authorities in your life? Are you trusting in the government more than God? I pray that God will work in all of our lives to open our eyes, to soften our hearts, and to direct us where we need to speak and act.
Growing up with a strong Christian family, Shelly has had the privilege of having many godly, influential people in her life. Besides going to college in Indiana and teaching school for 1 year in Texas, she has lived in Minnesota her whole life. Recently, she moved to Colorado after meeting her husband on E-Harmony. She is extremely humbled by how the Almighty God works in our lives in such personal ways. Shelly is now a missionary to college students. She is thrilled with the opportunity to share the gospel with college students, to help them grow in their faith, and to encourage them to be sold out servants for God. She enjoys coffee, books, volleyball, bike rides, movies, long walks, and playing games.
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