Revelation 13

Revelation 13 Blog

 

I don’t believe in using the pulpit to promote political parties.  I was once in a prayer meeting during an election year when it became crystal clear who we should be praying for and who we should be praying against.  Neither Republicans nor Democrats are perfect, although that doesn’t stop me from voting, mind you!  But I would rather preach Christ and let the Holy Spirit sort through your political loyalties. 

 

I am also very sensitive when it comes to preachers or Christian leaders speaking harshly against America.  On one hand, we have to be honest about what is happening in our culture.  Many things that our society calls good and normal are troubling to the church and contrary to Scripture.  I was struck by the fact that we were honoring veterans and talking about the state of America last Sunday.  But on the other hand, America is worth fighting and dying for!  We still enjoy so many liberties and blessings that are unknown throughout the world.  I am reminded of Paul’s words to Timothy:

 

NIV 1 Timothy 2:1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-- 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

 

How shall we interpret verse 4?  And no, I don’t mean to bring up the doctrine of election!  Rather, do we pray so that the authorities get saved?  That’s never a bad idea!  Or do we pray that authorities allow Christians to go about our business of living quiet lives of holiness and godliness, so that we can more freely share the Gospel (since God desires everyone to be saved)?  Certainly, we should pray for our leaders’ salvation…and for Timothy that would include the infamous Nero!  But living quiet lives allows us the chance to share the Gospel more freely (assuming that’s what we are doing).  We live in a country that allows us religious liberty!  Let’s thank our veterans for that!  And let’s thank God for that!  And let’s pray for revival to sweep our country!