Unless you live on an island in the middle of the Atlantic with no communication of any kind, you know that our country is probably in the worst shape–at least morally and ethically–than it’s ever been. Road rage, senseless killings, a son who kills his mother because they argued over the “D” he received on his report card. Then there’s our government. I think there are still a few Christians in the Congress, but the voices of those who are in power, who want power, who are angry, or who just want to be heard, are so loud that if the Christians try to speak up, no one can hear them. From the Oval Office, we hear nothing but criticism, ridicule, and bragging. This is not happening just in the federal government but at the state level as well. So what can we, the everyday citizen, do about it? What can we, as Christians, do about it?
I Timothy 2:1-4 (King James Version)
I exhort, therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (emphasis mine)
The Bible is very specific that we are to pray for all that are in authority. Whether we voted for them or not, whether we like them or not, we are to pray for them. And yes, it is hard to pray for people you don’t like. But we are to do it anyway.
The other thing we can do is to offer them the grace of our quietness. A few weeks ago, I heard a man say that if we know something bad about someone – their marriage is about to implode, their finances are on the rocks, their kid is in trouble, whatever, that we should offer them the grace of our quietness. In other words, don’t share their information. Let it stop with us. Let it stop with me.
“If you can’t say anything nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.” This statement is as true today as it was when we were kids. Don’t say anything. Offer them the grace of your quietness.