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What a day for the nation!

It’s here, the one day  every four years that we swear  a President into office for four years.  I gotta tell you, I feel a lump in my throat when I see such an exuberant, joyful, majestic and regal event bringing the nation together.  There are few countries where such an event like this can take place for centuries.

To top it off, it’s also the day we remember Martin Luther King, Jr.  No matter what your political persuasion, you just have to have national pride today.

Speaking of Rev. King, he deserves honor today.  A man who took what he read in the Bible, made it his conviction and stood up for what he knew was true.  I read this quote from him recently:

On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right?  There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.

I love that about Martin Luther King, Jr.  He followed his conscience, formed from what He read in the Bible and did the hard thing, stood up against the flow and led a great movement to stop a great injustice.  What I admire about him is that he stressed love and nonviolence in the face of some explosive situations.  If you have time, read this great sermon of his delivered at the National Cathedral in 1968.

What a legacy he leaves, what a challenge he leaves to all of us to stand up for our convictions. What a country and what a day for the nation!

Real Political Action

political actionDivisiveness, half-truths, and partisanship have been the words of note in our elections this year. I wonder what Jesus thinks of this. He experienced all of those things as he ministered on the earth and felt the stings of the words. I just want to say – Lord, please let this be over, please stop the bickering and rhetoric.

I was recently reminded of words from Scripture that gives insight into what the priority should be in our political action.  Paul wrote to Timothy and said,  ‘ I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.’ — I Timothy 2:1-3 NIV.

So our political action is to first include prayer for our kings, Presidents and leaders – we are to make requests for them, intercede for them and offer prayers of thanksgiving.  Then we are to pray that their decisions would be such that we would be able to live quiet and peaceful lives.

Somehow offering those prayers is good and pleasing to God.  Somehow, it appears that, when we pray those things it is a testimony to others who don’t yet know Christ or those growing in Christ – it causes them to see and hear truth and gain knowledge in the truth.

My Mom was an example of this.  She always had a photo of the President of the United States hanging in her home.  She prayed for them, no matter what political persuasion they were.  I never asked her, but my hunch is that she prayed for their families, their decisions, gave thanks for them and asked that the decisions they would make would allow her family to live peaceful and quiet lives.

When our political action first becomes prayer action, God will be glorified and others will gain knowledge of the truth.