Monday, September 3, 2012

Part Two of A Call to Christian Patriotism

Hopefully many of your saw the 2016 movie and records show that many have indeed seen this documentary. 

For this second Monday in this series which follows part one of Howard Al Eyrich's book, we look at prayer for our nation. I must admit that often my prayer is for people I know and my problems in this life. But spiritual warfare needs prayer and prayer helps us realize God's sovereignty in our world and nation. Howard Eryich continues with carefully selected Scripture:
  • Romans 6-9. These chapters really chronicle our standing in Christ and put the law and sin in perspective. Eyrich writes:
As Patriots who are Christians, our hope rests in that finished work of Jesus to effect the redemption of our souls. As Christians who are Patriots we rest our national welfare in the hands of God through our Constitution and Bill of Rights. . . . If we, like ancient Israel, neglect our responsibilities, we will suffer eventual demise at our own hands as a result of our own neglect (p. 17).
  • 2 Chronicles 7:14 reads  If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
  • John 18:28-38. Here Christ tells Pilate that His kingdom is not of this world. Pilate asks what is truth? and tells the Jews that he find no fault in Christ.
  • Haggai 2:10-23 is used to emphasize that our worldview makes a difference and of course this is true in voting. But it is the LORD who will overthrow the throne of kingdoms (vs. 22).
  • Micah 2:1-13 and Amos 8:4-6. Eyrich comments,
We cannot but see the similarities to the Wall Street debacle of recent years, culminating in the housing and mortgage crash (p. 28).
I watched with interest the Republican National Convention last week. Some Christians have their own strategies on the election and they are considering voting for a third candidate. I think that we are not voting for either Romney or Obama as a pastor, but as a leader and that fact needs to be taken into consideration. Voting for a third candidate will just divide the vote. The two-party system is really what we have IMHO.

Another site put it succinctly:
The real choice come November is whether you want a socialistic government and country or the free America of our past? If you want America to become like the old Soviet Union and Cuba, then cast your vote for Obama/Biden as this is socialism. If you want to save America and restore it to its former greatness and free enterprise system, then vote for Romney/Ryan for this is Americanism.

It is indeed time for prayer and seeking God's face. Eyrich pens this prayer on p. 29:

Almighty God, giver of the Ten Commandments, enable us by your Holy Spirit to be keepers of the law. Help us to have the courage to proclaim your law. Convict us of our responsibility to protect all men but especially the poor. Grant us the ability to be merciful, kind and gentle. But, also, give us the strength to punish the wicked when they break the law. Help us to value the freedom you have granted us. Amen!

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