A Molotov Prayer
Tomorrow is election day, and if you’ve watched any TV, you’ve seen ads trashing opponents, and a lot of crap going on. I, as both a seminary student and a political scientist find this season interesting because of the ramifications our choices make.
One of the reasons I hate this season however, is how divisive it is and how easily we rush to get one specific party in power and when our party doesn’t win we freak out because obviously the right person didn’t win.
But we have good news, in Romans 13, Paul writes, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished… 4The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong.”
North Carolina state senate candidate Molotov Mitchell is up for election on the 4th, and on his facebook page he wrote the following prayer. I think, regardless of your political stance, if you are a Christian you can easily agree with it.
“Lord God, tomorrow we rise with our eyes lifted to You. While we may cast ballots, we know that You are always in control. You are our Lawgiver. You are our Judge. You are our only King. Together, we have set upon a great endeavor, to Liberate our cities and to preserve our Freedoms. Help us to loose those things which have been wrongly bound. Help us tomorrow to defend the downtrodden. Our communities suffer. In many ways, we are hobbled and lame. Lord, help us to rise. Help us to take up our beds and walk again.
We know that all things work for the good of those that love You. We know that in the end, You decide who sits in authority over us. And so we put our hope in You.
We pray that all corruption will be crushed. Let the intrigues of the wicked be their downfall. Give wisdom and discernment to those who oversee the counting of our ballots and those who enforce our election laws. And let there be a spirit of peace upon the voters as they arrive and do their civic duty; we pray for unity and civility at the polls. Let us love one another as You have commanded.
And finally Lord, open the eyes of the blind. Open the eyes of those who do not understand the evils they support. Open the eyes of those who continually return to false promises and failed policies, over and over again, without fail, without relief. Open the eyes of those who enable theft and oppression in our legal system. Open the eyes of those who hate You and seek to silence our right to worship You as we see fit. As it is declared upon our tender, “In God We Trust.”
Let us be bold! Let us run to the battle with fresh faces and a song in our hearts! Because with You, all things are possible.
Your Will be Done, Almighty God.” A link to the full post is here.
Our goal shouldn’t be that our political party wins, but that those who win will be who God wants in power to best defend and protect the oppressed.
Let’s remember that we serve a God that places whom he wishes in power for his good pleasure.