After a short conversation with my husband this morning, I realized what I believe to have been a missed opportunity: the opportunity to give God the glory for what our country is experiencing.
Why are there no laying of hands by the evangelical pastors or praying and fasting in front of the White House- without ceasing? Why haven’t we seen ANY representation from our Christian leaders while the president is going through this illness aside from the occasional social media video?
Was their presence in the White House (pre-Covid) merely a photo op?
It seems that the only time we see or hear of Christianity is when it benefits either the president or the pastors. When evangelicals wanted to choose judges – they were there. When evangelical pastors wanted a part of the stimulus package – we saw them. When they wanted to get to choose a Supreme Court Justice – we saw them. But where are they now?
Our country is going through a pandemic that is responsible for almost a quarter of million deaths in the United States, a recession, high unemployment numbers and an infected and irrational president. We have the largest racial divide this country has seen in half a century and climate changes, which are ravaging every side of this country.
We’re so used to depending on our nation’s intelligence and top scientists to help lead us out of most of these emergencies, but this is above us now. Our “ship” seems rudderless. We don’t know who to trust in our government, the media, or even our neighbors. So this would’ve have been the best time to hear God’s holy word on the largest platform in the world. Can you imagine if they had put God first?
We need prayer. We need to call on Him as a collective – for guidance, comfort and peace. It is our duty as Christians to “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” ~ (2 Timothy 2:15) Now is not the time to be silent.
Let’s also give God the glory right now for bringing us out of this. Let’s praise Him right where we are for giving us another day to get it right. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Pray for one another and pray that our country can heal and that no more lives will be lost as a result of ego, incompetence, or irrationality. We need to pray for our pastors, our politicians, our neighbors and our planet.
It’s not too late to get it right. Even if they don’t show up, we should.