How Do I Respond?

Shock. Horror. Disgust. Only a few descriptions of how I felt as I watched the crowd of insurrectionists storm the capital in Washington, D.C. yesterday. I was watching history unfold, but I likened it to how I felt during 9-11, when the world changed literally overnight.

I’m a Canadian, but I am blessed with so many American friends who live in the U.S., work here in Canada, and some hold dual citizenship. After 9-11, I gathered with them at church to pray for their country. “God bless America” was uttered several times followed by “Amens”. We wept together. We lamented the loss of life and the changes that came about as a result of that horrific attack on American soil.

We are called to pray again. I won’t pretend to understand the political processes that happen in the United States. I know there is a great moral divide between the two ruling parties in the U.S.; similar divisions exist here in Canada. As I wrote in 2016, I have observed Christians against Christians making political determinations based on what they believe is best for their country while still upholding the Christian world view. We may agree wholeheartedly with the Christian perspective, but the division occurs when our political systems collide. Post modern thought pits us against one another, so having a differing opinion on political, social, or moral issues cannot be expressed without battle lines being drawn. We can no longer say, “I agree to disagree”, shake hands and remain friends. We’re either for or against. It’s either right or wrong. There is no compromise, no middle ground,…

…and Satan laughs at us.

Today, I am trying to figure out how I should respond as a Christian to what is happening in the world around me. We are still in the midst of a world-wide pandemic. There is much to cause me anxiety and worry. I don’t know what “normal” is anymore. Change is coming too fast in some ways, and slothfully slow in other ways. What is God wanting of me?

Scripture becomes my lifeline in times of great uncertainty and calamity.

I must PRAY!

2 Chronicles 7:14  “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

1 Timothy 2:1-2  “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

1 Kings 8:28  “Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”

I must always remember that GOD IS SOVEREIGN!

Psalm 33: 6-12  “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.  He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses.  Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him.  For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.  The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.  But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.  Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.”

Psalms 22:27-28  “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, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.”

Romans 13:1  “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

Job 12:23-24  “He makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them.  He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason; he makes them wander in a trackless waste.”

My focus should be fixed on the eternal not the external!

Daniel 2:44  ““In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.”

Matthew 25:32-34  “All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.  “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.”

Isaiah 43:5-10  “Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west.  I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’  Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”  Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf. All the nations gather together and the peoples assemble.  Which of their gods foretold this and proclaimed to us the former things?  Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right, so that others may hear and say, “It is true.”  “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he.  Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.”

Please join with me, friends around the world, to pray for our nations and for peace!

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1 Response to How Do I Respond?

  1. Cindy says:

    Praying with you!

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