1 Timothy 2:1-2
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
As so many of you, I turned the TV on last night to watch the the First Presidential Debate of this election cycle. And just as many of you, or many others around the land, I start browsing my Facebook, my Twitter feed and the news along the way. One thing is certain: People are passionate about their opinions. If I can go back a few years ago, these conversations normally happened face to face, around Sunday dinner, or while sharing a beer with your friends. But now our platform of expressing our convictions had changed. And with that change we became detached in many ways of the things we say, the way we say it, and it seems to me that somehow we lost the personal touch with those we might agree or disagree with us. There many things that are being said on today’s social platforms. Some things that we can all nod our head in agreement, and some that have us shaking our heads in disagreement.
But there is another reality that we are confronted by. Is the reality of God’s sovereignty. The reality that while we watch two people debating, trying to capture our passion and ultimately our vote, God is still present, and working in our lives. It is that reality that encourages each one of us to look at the world though God’s grace and love towards those next to us. It is that reality that makes skim trough the newsfeed and say: Lord have mercy. Have mercy on us as people trying to do your will. Have mercy as we try follow your word, to be concerned for the needy, to show mercy and do our best to be faithful in the things we are passionate about.
So here I am praying. Praying for our country, for the its future, for those that are leading now and those that will lead us in the near future. But even more so, praying for all of us. Praying that we can be kind, that we can be merciful and walk together even when we disagree. Praying that we will not get tired of doing the right things, that indeed we will live godly lives and let God shine through who we are.
I would like to share with you this beautiful song and these words to encourage you as you go through the day:
Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Let there be peace on earth,
and let it begin with me;
let there be peace on earth,
the peace that was meant to be.
With God our creator,
family all are we.
Let us walk with each other
in perfect harmony.*