May 5, 2016
Please spend some time praying today for our nation and the world. Pray every day! But don’t just pray – DO MORE! Joshua 7:10 -The Lord said to Joshua, “Get up! Why have you fallen on your face? It is always time to pray, but there is a time to get up and do what has been commanded – “Go make disciples.”
In my lifetime I haven’t seen as much anger, frustration and fear expressed by so many professing Christians as I see this election season. As for the fear; there is much cause. Our nation is close to complete moral bankruptcy. We see vulgarity, lies, corruption, economic struggles, increasing terrorist threats, the breakdown of families, and the attempt to eliminate God and His Word from all public places. Who can we blame? The politicians??? It is no secret they are typically perceived in a negative light in America and around the world. They are often labeled by society as selfish, greedy, and power hungry. Because of this attitude towards them, many politicians have assumed an increasingly defensive posture in an atmosphere that has become heated at best, and on occasion downright hostile. Today this labeling and the taking up of a defensive posture may be amped up a hundredfold. But are they really to blame?
Approximately twenty-seven hundred years ago, we read in the book of Hosea 4:1-2 - Hear the word of the Lord, O children of Israel, for the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land; 2there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. v 6a - My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. The problems in our nation are the same as they were in the nation of Israel twenty-seven hundred years ago. And the cause is the same - no knowledge of God in the land. The result, I would suggest, the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of our nation.
So who is really to blame for the current state of our nation? Perhaps we are all to blame, because in the blaming of our political leaders we have ignored our clear instruction to be praying for them (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Not praying for them that they might pass the right laws, but that they might come to a knowledge of God through saving faith in Jesus Christ. And praying that as believers they are discipled in all things pertaining to Christian theology. In all cases a person’s behavior is in accordance with his theology.
Capitol Commission believes the Bible teaches that God has a heart for political leaders of nations. He introduced his disciples to a clear strategy for reaching these leaders with the saving power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Understanding this strategy begins with knowing what the Scriptures teach regarding those who serve in political office – Romans 13 notes that all governing authorities are instituted by God (v 1), they are God’s servants (v 4), ministers of God (v 6), and they are to be respected and honored (v 7). Quintus Tertullian (AD 155-220) was a prolific early Christian author from Carthage in the Roman province of Africa. Tertullian writes, “The Christian cannot but look up to the Emperor because he ‘is called by our Lord to his office.’” And “Caesar is more ours than yours because our God appointed him.” Because elected officials have been appointed by the God we worship and serve, we are to respect and honor them. In fact I would go so far as to say, we should love them.
Loving and ministering to these political officials is the mandate of Capitol Commission. Currently providing pastoral care in twenty-three state capitols, the gospel of Jesus Christ is being proclaimed and the Word of God is faithfully being taught. Through prayer, a faithful presence, and a bold proclamation of the gospel, many lives are being changed. This ministry is undergirded by God’s promise that His Word will not go forth without accomplishing its purpose (Isaiah 55:11). We will do all we possibly can to saturate entire capitol communities with the Word of God. As God draws those in the Capitol to time spent in the Word with our State Ministers, they will grow in their knowledge of God.
Here is an endorsement statement from Dr. Mark Harris, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina:
“Few doors have seen God open with more clarity of purpose and opportunity for impact than Capitol Commission. While God has ordained men and women to serve in our government's legislative branch, He has brought our leaders an opportunity for discipleship, prayer, and most importantly study of God's Word. Further, through Capitol Commission, every legislator can be covered in prayer, by name, through an organized daily prayer effort using the prayer ministry of thousands of concerned believers (www.pray1tim2.org). This significant ministry is not Republican, Democrat, Independent, nor oriented with any political party. We all praise God, and His Word is clear. . . . He did not come to take sides, He came to take over! I heartily commend this ministry!”
You can participate in this much-needed ministry in a number of ways.
- Consider a generous financial gift -DONATE.
- Share this ministry with your church and with others who understand the value of knowing God through the study of his Word. capitolcom.org
- Respond in obedience to Paul’s instruction to Timothy, that prayers be made for kings and all who are in high positions (1 Tim 2:1-4). Use this website tool, pray1tim2.org.
Here’s testimony of what’s happening in a number of our Capitol communities:
“By God’s standard (which is obviously most important), Capitol Commission is doing everything right. With time, I pray and earnestly desire for more and more to become involved with this blessed ministry. I appreciate and am thankful for their ministry.”
Georgia State Representative
“Frank Erb is a true friend of legislators and all of us. He selflessly comes to the Capitol, giving of himself to be a comfort, an inspiration, a guide and a companion. He is a bed rock example of faith to those who thirst for guidance, understanding, empathy and real caring in their challenged lives. He has spent real time in the pressure cooker environment of Sacramento so he understands what all those who work in the Capitol and in the agencies must contend with. He is a respected and dear friend.”
California State Senator
“I have known Capitol Commission in my present role and also as a former representative, and I am proud to encourage as much partnership as possible with this ministry. God continues to bless America, but he also calls us to serve. Ron [Georgia State Minister] has proven himself as a servant, with a pastor’s heart for the entire capitol community.”
Executive Director and Administrator of Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity
“As a pastor I served for many years with the tension between feeling guilt over not doing enough in the political arena and the conviction that screaming at politicians did not image Jesus Christ well. Then I met Brent Alderman, [Maryland State Minister] and was introduced to Capitol Commission. Brent showed me that I should treat politicians the way Jesus commissioned us to deal with all people on this planet. I should pray for them and disciple them. Tension resolved. I thank God for putting this ministry into my life and look forward to many more years in partnership together for His glory. Thanks!”
Senior Pastor of Fredericktowne Baptist Church
Rev. Tim Webster
William Wilberforce (MP 19th century), said, in his book, A Practical View of Christianity, "If . . . a principle of true Religion [i.e., true Christianity] should . . . gain ground, there is no estimating the effects on public morals, and the consequent influence on our political welfare."