What about America and God?Published 9:26am Thursday, April 3, 2014
Beyond the discussion of the existence of God, and beyond the controversy concerning the founding of America on biblical principles by God-fearing men, let us entertain the question of Almighty God’s activity during this day and this time, in this land of the free and the home of the brave.
With the Holy Scriptures as our guide, even if we concede that authority temporarily, there are three principles regarding God’s activity among nations — all nations.
The first is found in Paul’s epistle to the Romans, chapter 13. Paul says, in verse 1, “… there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.”
We conclude that every government good or bad is ordained and sustained by Almighty God. Somebody said they were long past asking God, “Why?” The ways and thoughts of God are so much higher than our thoughts that we must submit to His power and authority (Isaiah 55:8-9).
The second principle is found in Paul’s epistle to his protégé Timothy. First Timothy, chapter two, verses one and two declare, “I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”
Paul is making it clear that our first responsibility concerning our government is prayer.
The third principle is in the Old Testament book of Proverbs in chapter 21. In verse one we read, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.”
We come full circle: God appoints our authorities; God controls our authorities. Are we powerless in the process? Not at all. We have the privilege and power of prayer. Can we protest peaceably? If the law allows it and we have prayed, yes, absolutely. Should we vote? Without question, yes! Once again, under the law and under the leadership of God through fervent prayer, we cast our vote partnering with Almighty God in the ruling of our land.
We must not be silent, but all conversations begin on our knees before Almighty God.
Dan Puckett works with road team operations at Life Action Ministries in Benton Harbor, Mich.