Do you and I have the courage
to admit that the biggest enemy
of the gospel
and of God's Kingdom
has NEVER been the ones
with political power;
the greatest enemy of the gospel
and of God's kingdom
has ALWAYS been
Christians who are
The gospel flourished and spread
under the reign of Nero,
the Christian-butchering madman.
The Kingdom of God
flourished in underground churches
all over the communist nations of the world,
in the face of intense persecution and martyrdom.
The gospel can flourish and spread
under whoever our new president may be.
IF we understand that the
Kingdom of God can flourish
no matter who is president,
BUT we're still so upset about politics
that we're willing to dump Christlikeness
in favor of sinful attitudes and actions,
in pursuit of political power,
THEN we have no choice
but to conclude that
we aren't prioritizing the Kingdom of God at all,
but rather our own kingdoms,
and we're rebelling against the One who told us to
"Seek first the Kingdom of God,
and His righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you."
please forgive us
for reviling others in Your name,
instead of showing others that
Your love and Your strength are enough
to give us peace, and joy, and endless hope
no matter what!
Please forgive us
for bringing such dishonor to You
by being fearful, depressed by circumstances,
hateful, spiteful, vengeful, and power-hungry.
Who would want the god of people like that,
when they can behave the same way
(and sometimes better)
with no god at all!
Please help us
to ask ourselves hard questions
about why we act and feel as we do,
and what it says about
the powerless "little-g" god
we so often believe in,
when we should be exulting in
the God of Calvary,
and of the empty tomb,
and of the coming Kingdom
that shall never pass away!
would this world be
if we really lived
(and talked, and Facebook-posted)
from faith in our big-G God
who reigns over all
the circumstances of our lives?
Please make it so, Lord Jesus.
Please revive Your people.