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You Can Make A Difference

by Barbara Whitehead

2016-this is the year of the Presidential election in the United States. We are either mesmerized or appalled by the recent rhetoric and calculated performances we have seen on the stage of political platforms. Sometimes we are so overwhelmed by the things happening around us that we forget the fact that our decisions do have a real and lasting impact on our society. Whether we are believers in Christ or nonbelievers, we are still collectively in community with one another. Therefore, whatever happens in community in some way has an impact on the community members at large. With this in mind, the Apostle Paul gave specific instructions to the Christians in Rome that apply to every community and every believer. This biblical command when executed properly activates the believer to make a difference in his or her community. Can we really affect the laws that govern our society? Is there something that can be done about the escalating level violence and murder of innocent people in our communities? Can you make a difference?
Paul's instructions were not optional. "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty" (1 Timothy 2:1-2, KJV).  Paul wrote these instructions to Timothy at a time when the most cruel and vile emperor, Nero, was at the helm of the Roman Empire. Persecution among the Christians was at an all-time high. Some were clothed in animal skin and put in the arena before hungry lions.  Others were covered in red pitch and used as human lanterns to light the streets of Rome. The Apostle Paul himself was soon martyred by the deranged Nero during his reign of terror. But Paul did not falter in his instructions. He knew that the instructions of God would overturn the power of the enemy.
We are to intercede for the right person(s) to be elected. We are to diligently pray for our President, Congress and military leaders. We are to pray for those who are being selected for offices and pray that the decisions made will lead us into a quiet and peaceable life. We are to pray that our laws and policies will promote godliness and honesty. We can make a difference. We are called to take up arms in the spirit and push back the forces of darkness. Prayer works. Much of what we are witnessing in our society is the result of a lack of prayer that focuses on the wellbeing of our society. We must vote, but we cannot neglect to pray. This is a call for the people of God to join forces and intercede for our communities, our nation, and our world.  You can make a difference.


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