Opinion - Christians can Intercede for Better Government

by Placerville Newswire / Nov 20, 2017 / comments

[Cecil Ringgenberg]

So often we Christians enter the voting booth with this little prayer: “Lord, help me choose the less evil of these candidates.”

But a Biblical scripture accuses us of waiting too long before we pray. Hosea 8:4 says, “They set up kings without My consent; they choose princes without My approval.” We should seek God’s approval not when we vote but when we nominate.

The current political process rewards corruption. Candidates tend to win who spend the most money on their campaigns. And after winning they sponsor legislation that favors their largest contributors.

These big contributors “kick back” even larger contributions to favored candidates who they sponsor for even higher political positions. This process explains how a once Christian nation is currently ruled by corrupt politicians.

To turn this situation around Christians need to obey the whole Bible.  Philippians 2:4 states, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Furthermore, James 2:9 says, “If you show favoritism you sin.”

My weakness as a Christian has been an unwillingness to leave my comfort zone. Unlike our Founding Fathers who concluded that resistance to tyranny was obedience to God, I have enabled the current evil political situation by my silence.

II 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 evil ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Our nation needs healing and only obedient Christians can intercede. Shall we unite in intercessory prayer?

Cecil Ringgenberg.