Let’s Use Our Freedom of Speech to Pray [Choosing Joy]
The idea of freedom of speech is precious to our American culture. Americans are allowed to spout their opinions, argue their points of view, and be kind or rude at any whim without any repercussions to silence them. And lately, it seems we are using this right to its fullest extent. Normally I like to pretend that politics don’t matter to me, but with the presidential primaries raging, and I do mean “raging,” it is hard to ignore the big stage.
Everyone has their opinions about the candidates, and no one is afraid to share them. I hear people say things like “I hate Trump!” “That guy is an idiot!” “There aren’t any good candidates to vote for this year!” “The government is so corrupt!” “Hillary will ruin this country!” “Cruz is a liar!” “Don’t they know that socialism is a failed system?” “They are all so immature!” “All they care about is big business and money!” Everyone seems so angry and defeated when talking about our government these days. Where is the hope? Where is the gratefulness? Where is the joy?
It seems like when big election years roll around, we all puff up with an arrogance thinking we get to decide, we get to vote, we are in control! I believe it is this prideful attitude towards our government that is producing such disappointing results!
The Bible says, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV)
I am an American, but more importantly I am a Christian. Christians don’t have the destructive luxury of such negative attitudes. Rather than all the complaining, arguing, and soapboxing on facebook, we should be gathering together and praying for our leaders. Praying with gratitude that we live in this amazing country. Praying with humility that we will be respectful to our leaders, not name calling or berating them. Praying with fervor that they will come to know the power of Christ and live by the lead of the Holy Spirit.
So regardless of who wins in November, let’s cover our leaders in prayer, speak with and about them with love and compassion, and ultimately, let’s put our hope in God to take care of us.