Politics are so polarized today that almost any discussion can turn into a fight when participants have different viewpoints.
It’s very easy to get frustrated by world events and the reactions – or non-reactions – of our leaders. And it’s truly hard to bite our tongues when confronted with approaches to problems that are different than ours.
Here are a few ideas that have helped me navigate these waters. I struggle to do these things, but it’s good for me to be reminded.
- God knows our leaders are in office. Their existence and actions are not a surprise to Him. “For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God” –Romans 13:1b.
- Let’s do what we can to make a difference, even though we are in a foreign land. “And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare” –Jeremiah 29:7.
- When we’re wrong, confess those actions or thoughts to God. “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land” –2 Chronicles 7:14.
- Finally, pray for our leaders. “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” –1 Timothy 2:1-2.
Paul Merrill writes here every First Friday.
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