Speaking to our politically divided nation, rife with scandal and moral corruption, Jim Denison's article about the January 2018 Federal Government shutdown offers surprising hope. He identifies five biblically-grounded steps that empower believers to change the nation.
"But here’s what we can do in these divisive days:
• Pray earnestly for the lost to turn to Jesus: “My heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved” (Romans 10:1).
• Emulate the “men of Issachar” who “had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chronicles 12:32).
• Model the integrity we wish to see in Washington: “We aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man” (2 Corinthians 8:21).
• Serve those with whom we disagree: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3).
• Make it our standard in every conversation and circumstance to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15 NLT).
Can a movement of people living by these precepts make a real difference in our divided culture? Remember the small band of early Christians who “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). Consider how much salt you need to season a meal and the size of a candle required to dispel the dark (Matthew 5:13-16).
Then ask yourself: “Who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)."