Dr. Chuck Harding is Missionary Evangelist to the Local Independent Baptist Churches in America. He has been crisscrossing our nation helping Churches to get under the burden to intercede in prayer for our country.
1Timothy 2:1-3 says “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;”
We, as God’s people, must be informed, possess the truth in every arena of life to be the light of the world. We are stewards of the three institutions our God has entrusted us with; the Home, the Church, and the Government.
Philippians 2:15 says, “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;”
Hosea 4:6 says “My people are destroy ed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge…” By being informed, being involved, and most importantly committing to daily prayer and supplication for our nation and our leaders we can begin to turn our nation away from the destructive course it is currently on.
King David said in Ps 11:3 “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Our country is under attack from within and from without. We are seeing the foundations of our freedoms quickly crumble before our eyes. If we Christians don’t take action soon, we will wake up to a nation that we don’t recognize. It will be a nation that is not only intolerant to Christian family values but a nation that will actively persecute and prosecute individual Pastors and congregations for simply sharing the whole counsel of God’s word.
Any blood bought child of God would agree that we must have a Biblical view of the world. Every issue must be viewed through the Bible, God’s truth.
Deuteronomy 6:24 says, “And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. And then in Deuteronomy 10:13 God says, “to keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?”
God gives us His principles to obey for our good, so that we might always prosper. To observe His principles in any area of life is to our benefit. When His principles are rejected or even neglected it is to our detriment, whether it is personally or nationally. Millions, in nations all over the world, have been harmed by a forced separation of God’s principles from their civilizations.
It was the original intent of our founding fathers that God’s people remain intricately involved in the political, social, and legal arenas, as the conscience of the nation. When the Godly withdraw from an arena their Godly values are withdrawn also. An individual in public office always legislates or judges according to his own personal beliefs and convictions or lack thereof.
God gives us this truth in Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” It is our responsibility to elect people with faith based character to rule our country whether they are Local, State or National offices.
Many Christians have bought into the liberal’s lie concerning the separation of Church and State. The original intent was to keep the government out of the church, never to keep God’s people or His principles out of government. Yet many Christian leaders have come to view politics as something to be separated from. We would not have a country if our founding fathers believed so.
Charles G. Finney said “THE CHURCH MUST TAKE THE RIGHT GROUND IN REGARD TO POLITICS. POLITICS ARE A PART OF RELIGION IN A COUNTRY AS THIS, AND CHRISTIANS MUST DO THEIR DUTY TO THEIR COUNTRY AS PART OF THEIR DUTY TO GOD. GOD WILL BLESS OR CURSE THIS NATION ACCORDING TO THE COURSE CHRISTIANS TAKE IN POLITICS.”
It is we Christians who have throug h apathy, political inactivity, and lack of knowledge, handed the leadership of our educational system, individual state governments and the nation over to people who are not only willing but eager to destroy the Christian foundations that our nation has rested upon for 232 years.