by Bob Dasal
"The Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men."… "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone -- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." (Dan. 4:17; Matt. 5:45; 1 Tim. 2:1-2.)
When you read this issue of Pulpit Helps, George W. Bush will have just been inaugurated as the 43rd president of the United States. Scripture clearly teaches, in 1 Timothy 2:1-2, that Christians are to pray for their governmental leaders. I urge pastors and ministers to encourage their congregations, regardless of political party affiliation, to pray for the new president and his family on a daily basis. He faces enormous pressure and carries the heavy responsibility of leading a nation deeply divided ideologically. Pray that he might have inner strength and godly wisdom to lead this nation.
Bush did not receive an election "mandate." The long and hard election campaign and the uncertainty of the outcome for almost five weeks have left deep wounds. We are at a crossroads, and time will reveal the direction the country has taken. Will it be "confrontation" or "reconciliation"?
Jesus said (speaking of Christians), "Ye are the salt of the earth." A Christ-centered worldview will focus on how Christians can make a difference in their world. As salt is a preservative and adds flavor to food, the Christian community in the United States should be a major contributor to preserving the heritage of our country and adding a positive flavor to our way of life. Failure to do so can contribute to the U.S. going in the wrong direction and result in further loss of our national heritage, Christian principles, and morals.
The responsibility and opportunity to make a difference belong to every believer. Jesus said in Luke 2:47b, "I must be about my Father's business." Our commitment should reflect the words of Christ as we are about the Father's business in our homes, churches and communities.
Bob Dasal is editor-in-chief of Pulpit Helps.