Redeem the Time - Pray for Our Nation
During this time of social distancing, Christians are uniquely called to "redeem the time." (Ephesians 5:16) And one of the greatest ways to redeem the time is to pray for our nation and its leaders.
The leaders of this nation have some very tough decisions in front of them. On the one hand, according to the New York Times, health professionals estimate that without the drastic measures we are taking right now to contain the virus we could see coronavirus kill as many as 1.7 million people or more. On the other hand, the federal reserve has spoken out today saying that the economic catastrophe caused by our investment in containing the virus may result in unemployment rates as high as 30%! No wonder, Donald Trump has said that the government will reassess its response on March 31st to be sure that "the cure" is not "worse than the problem itself." No matter your opinion of Donald Trump, your political affiliation, or your policy ideas, as Christians we should all agree that these are difficult decisions to make and that we should be praying for the leaders who will make them.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, "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."
Certainly we should pray that God will give the leaders of our nation wisdom to make wise decisions. We should pray that this crisis will come to an end so that we may return to living "peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity."
Meanwhile, we ought to do our part in following the recommendations of our government. As Romans 13 puts it, "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." The leaders of this country should know that they have the support of every Christian man and woman in working to contain this virus.
Finally, we should also pray that this time of crisis would be used to turn our hearts back to God. We should pray that our leaders would continue to honor their responsibility to allow for the free exercise of religion that God may be honored by this nation.
As 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, "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." What a promise! God has power to heal. Let us pray for God to heal our hearts and to restore us as a nation to the freedom-loving principles of justice and mercy that this nation was built upon.
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In case you missed it, this past Saturday I shared a sermon entitled "How to Stop Coronavirus" from Ephesians 5:15-21. You can find that sermon here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSzXlBK6vCA (The sermon starts at about the 28 minute mark)