October 22, 2010
If you do not have time to read this long update right now (or if you already receieved it via US-Mail), please just click here or see the attached printable flyer for information about our upcoming Election-Eve Prayer Walk on November 1!
I asked God to forgive my sins through Jesus Christ when I was just fifteen years old. I knew very little about the Bible back then, but I began listening regularly to a radio broadcast called Thru the Bible with Dr. J. Vernon McGee. Though Dr. McGee went to be with the Lord back in 1988, his teaching still continues to air on radio stations worldwide. While driving in my car the other day, I happened upon his broadcast once more, just in time to hear him share the following insights at least twenty-two years ago which I believe so vividly illustrate the importance of ministry to political leaders today:
“In the Book of Judges a great principle of government is presented, a principle which is also stated very clearly in the prophecy of Isaiah. All of the subsequent prophets simply bear out and apply this principle which has already been stated. The principle is this: There are three steps in the downfall of a nation. First of all, there is religious apostasy. The second step is moral awfulness. And the third step is political anarchy. These are the three steps by which nations pass off the stage of human history. That has always been the way it has moved. You see, the primary problem never was political anarchy. The primary problem never was moral awfulness. As bad as these are, the root problem goes back to religious or spiritual apostasy, a turning away from the living and true God.”
I agree with this quote. Our nation is currently experiencing increasing political unrest (heading towards eventual political anarchy perhaps?), and we have for many years witnessed an alarming moral slide in our country. However, the root problem is not political or moral– it is spiritual. Our state and national political dysfunction is merely an outgrowth of the spiritual immaturity and the resulting moral decay in the lives of our citizenry and the leaders we appoint.
As such, I am convinced that our first response to our national condition should be spiritual as well. May we who are believers stand fast in the Gospel of Jesus Christ more than ever (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). May we aim to know and live by the Word of God daily while we declare it graciously, boldly, and clearly to all, including to those in leadership positions (Colossians 3:16-17, 4:3-6). May we also pray for our government leaders, especially for their salvation and maturity in Him (1 Timothy 2:1-6). We can then rest in knowing that we are doing as God commands us to do as He fulfills His sovereign purposes for our land.
With this in mind, I invite you to join my family and me on Monday, November 1st for our first ever Election-Eve Prayer Walk at the California State Capitol. This is a wonderful opportunity to come to the Capitol to pray for all of our current and soon-to-be-elected government leaders. This is not a rally or a march or a protest. (In fact, we will meet in the evening when the Capitol building is closed.) Instead, this is a chance to join with others from throughout our troubled state to intercede for our elected officials and to encourage one another to keep on doing so. I expect it to be an uplifting, inspiring, time. You might even want to invite your entire church to participate. I look forward to seeing you there if you can make it.
Whether you can join us on November 1 or not, I hope you will keep praying for your government leaders even as you cast your votes on or before November 2. Remember that they are merely human, and they desperately need God’s wisdom in order to do their job well.
Please also continue to pray for me too, that God will open even more doors for effective service to our government leaders (Colossians 4:3). Each week, I am in the Capitol leading Bible studies for and meeting with our state leaders, their staff, lobbyists, and others, and I depend on your prayer support. Also, as a faith-based ministry, I continue to be very thankful for those of you who are able to partner with us financially to enable us to walk through those doors that open.
Your Missionary to the State Capitol,
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