What do we do in times of such great uncertainty, as many of us have never seen before in our lifetimes? When leaders abandon the practice of Christian principles and promote godlessness in every aspect of our culture?
Pray… “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” — 1 Timothy 2
Make a prayer list of those you need to be praying for in your government. You might not even know the name of your sheriff and your police chief, who may be facing the challenge of obeying their superiors in violation of their oaths to God and the State and Federal Constitutions. Find out who your County and City officials are, your state legislators and senators, and those on the federal level, who also will likely be facing challenges to their faith and their oath to the Constitution, and pray for them.
Obey? Yes, we are to obey when our obedience does not violate the higher law of God. But when the authorities were saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.”… Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.” — Acts 5:28-30
In Romans 13 Paul encourages us to submit to the authorities that have been set over us. Paul also states that authorities that are in place have been set by God, but he also defines what those authorities are: “For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil.” Edicts that reward evil behavior and punish Godly behavior are not from legitimate authorities. Just as the apostles were not bound to submit to commands that violated God’s instructions, we are required to “obey God rather than men.”
God has a well-established history of setting wicked nations up to judge God’s chosen when they betray Him. When Israel and Judah turned against God, He sent wicked Assyria and Babylonia to destroy them.
It is foolish arrogance to assume our nation can continue in wicked ways without judgment falling upon her.
So, pray… “so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”