Do you pray about politics or does that part of our public life seem beyond the reach of Divine help? My colleague, Tim Mitchinson, writing for the January 29, 2016 edition of The Chicago Tribune, gives us some inspiration and motivation for dealing with our “political prayer list.” No what party you support or which candidates you feel will best serve our states and nation, Tim presents a convincing argument for partnership of prayer and politics. Here’s Tim:
During the past few months polling has shown that millions of people are angry at elected officials who they characterize as insincere and dishonest. Television and radio stations are already filled with commercials designed by political strategists which stretch the truth and sometimes even deliberately lie. What should we do? Just stand back and shake our heads in disgust?
Even people who exercise their right to vote may feel helpless. Is there no higher law to resort to? Isn’t it possible that there’s a supreme, universal law which, if understood, can be appealed to for justice?
Although harsh political rhetoric may be as old as this country, looking back over the past two hundred and fifty years, one sees the impact of wise and dedicated individuals who fought for democracy, the right to be free, and integrity in government. George Washington, for one, did this by relying on divine power to help bring about excellence in the functioning of government.
In his first Inaugural Address, Washington referred to his “…fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes, and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success the functions allotted to his charge.”
If there is such a supreme law of God, divine Love, what are the rights it bestows on God’s children?….