Almighty God and Merciful Father, you have established your throne in the heavens and your sovereignty rules over all. You are the one who changes the times and the epochs, and it is you who remove some from authority and raise others up.
Knowing that you are God, we bring these petitions on behalf of those who will be elected to office, as well as the people of this land.
Lord, give us rulers who are better than we deserve. Having forsaken you as a nation, you would be just to discipline us with tyrants. But show us mercy in giving us rulers who will learn to love righteousness and the wisdom of your ways.
Lord, grant us rulers who recognize your authority over them. May this lead them to govern with humility and justice. Cause our rulers to see that you have not ordained them to be saviors, but servants. Help them to be be good ministers of justice, who will judge without partiality and know the limits of their power.
Lord, send us rulers of good character who despise corruption. Do not send us those who would come to steal, kill, and destroy. Protect us from deceivers who would use their office for their own gain. Preserve us from the wicked who would cause us to groan. Rather, increase the righteous that we may rejoice.
Lord, bring woe upon those rulers who call evil good and good evil. And bring us those who are able to discern between good and evil that they would fulfill their calling in keeping with your Word. May your law be the foundation of our laws so that we would have liberty and peace.
Lord, keep us prayerful for those in authority, so that we would lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. Keep us from covetous hearts so that we would not look to our rulers to steal for us. May your Spirit empower us to govern ourselves, since it is only by good self-government that we can ever expect to have good civil government.
Lord, help us to see always that our hope is not in the servants of the state, but in you. Cause us to know that it is righteousness that exalts a nation and nothing else. May this lead us to have repentant hearts and a new desire to honor you.
Comfort us concerning all our cares as we remember that you have already installed Jesus Christ as the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
In His Name, Amen.
In recognition of Independence Day, we’ve produced a new podcast on biblical patriotism with Pastor Steve Wilkins.
Pastor Wilkins has been an ordained minister since 1976, and has served at Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church since 1989. He is the author of several books, and produced the popular audio series on American history called, America: The First 350 Years.
More information about Pastor Wilkins and his ministry can be found at Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church.
This a a timely podcast with many important insights from Pastor Wilkins.
“Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
~ C.S Lewis
1. Easy access to abortion promotes a hypersexual society.
2. A hypersexual society is easily enslaved.
3. A sexually enslaved society easily gives up its liberty to statist elites.
Do you want to be a slave of statist elites?
The whole push for national health care is not about better health for the population, but greater power for the state, and the drive for abortion coverage proves the point.
For more on this issue, read Sexual Anarchy and Statism.
Some sins can be made to appear perfectly acceptable. Adultery, for example, is regularly justified on the grounds that those involved have needs to be met and they love one another. Yet, the eventual result of such reasoning and covenant breaking is always hardship and misery.
Monetary sins work much the same way.
The Bible has quite a bit to say about how money is to be handled. But these instructions are violated all the time under the guise that it’s necessary, and must be done for the good of the people. Yet, as with adultery, the short-term satisfaction that monetary sins provide eventually gives way to bitter sorrow.
Our nation is currently stuck in a morass of monetary sins. Committing them as we do may appear to keep the system going, but as with all sin there is eventually a day of reckoning.
Here are the three most obvious monetary sins of which we must repent.
Out of control debt. While the Bible nowhere condemns all debt as immoral, it never presents it in a positive light. Growing debt is a sign of a disobedient people. Once prosperous people who become accustomed to live by borrowing go from being the head to the tail (Dt.28:44). They become the lender’s slave (Pr.22:7).
The immorality of out of control debt becomes clear when the next generation is considered. Massive deficit spending mortgages our children’s future. It makes them pay tomorrow to maintain our lifestyle today. Read more…
From The Chalcedon Foundation . . .
“At Babel, men resumed the task in process before the Flood. At Sodom and Gomorrah, Assyrian, Babylon, Rome, and in the modern states, men continue that task. The results are still the same, God’s destroying judgment on man’s Babylonian heart and works. The things which are, God subjects to His shaking, His destroying judgments, so that only those things which cannot be shaken may remain (Heb. 12:18-29).
Man’s attempt to unify man in his sin and revolt against God, and to take owner ownership and control over all possessions from their true owner, God, is smashed. All possessions are a trust from the Lord; the status of civil government is that of a minister (Rom. 13:4), i.e., a deacon or a steward, under God, and the same is true of all men.
This being the case, our work too is a stewardship and a trusteeship and is to be governed accordingly. When God created Adam, and set him in the Garden of Eden, He first commanded Adam to till or work the Garden, and to keep or guard it (Gen. 2:15). Only after that commandment to work is Adam told what he is permitted to eat (Gen. 2:16-17). Before the permission to eat of the fruits and produce came the necessity of being committed to work for the upkeep of the Garden. There were boundaries placed on Adam’s area, i.e., the limits of the Garden, on his diet, and on his activities or work, because the earth and Adam were alike God’s creation and hence totally subject to His law-word.
In Babel, this order was reversed. The city, its tower, and both work and possessions therein were the property of Babel. Stewardship and responsibility were to the state, and work also. In the modern state, we are totally circumscribed by man’s law, not God’s. The boundaries of our life and work, as well as the uses of our money, are regulated by the state. This is the nature of every Tower of Babel, past and present. The future of all Babels is described by the angel of Revelation 14:8, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”
The church at its worst has never equalled the modern state in its tyranny. It is a mark of the self-willed blindness of our time that men profess to fear a return to Christian rule rather than the statist tyranny which prevails.”
~ R. J. Rushdoony, Systematic Theology, p. 1035f
Here are a couple of quotes of his having to do with law and governance. . .
We do not need to get good laws to restrain bad people,
we need to get good people to restrain bad laws.
If men will not be governed by the Ten Commandments,
they shall be governed by the ten thousand commandments.
Gary DeMar has posted a link to a paper written by a Lieutenant General Van Antwerp of the U.S. Army who makes the case that the greatest threat to our national security is our nation’s poor spiritual condition.
From the abstract:
This study examines the “real threat” to our national security–
that we are no longer a “Nation Under God” and are no longer led by
those who understand the spiritual dimension of leadership
envisioned and demonstrated by our founding fathers. Our founding
fathers knew and accepted their role as spiritual leaders and did
their best to reflect that in the documents they produced. Most
leaders today get caught up in the trap of “secular humanism” and
neglect their responsibilities.
The Greatest Threat. . . Spiritual Decay is worth reading in its entirety.
Over at Chalcedon Bog Stiles Watson does a good job explaining how the “American Super State” has been moving from socialism to fascism and totalitarianism by assuming the role of God. But since the State is not sovereign, it cannot save, and all its power is directed toward destroying. Our only solution, as Stiles points out, is to live with bold faith in the One who holds all things in His hand. “It is not God who has ceased working in the world; it is we who stopped walking in faith.”