Politics and Religion Decisions

Thy Kingdom Come

Billy Sunday preached on prayer: “The man who truly prays ‘Thy kingdom come’ cannot pass a saloon and not ask himself the question, ‘What can I do to get rid of that thing that is blighting the lives of thousands of young men, that is wrecking homes, and that is dragging men and women down to hell?’ You cannot pray ‘Thy kingdom come,’ and then rush to the polls and vote for the thing that is preventing that kingdom from coming. You cannot pray ‘Thy kingdom come’ and then go and do the things that make the devil laugh. For the man who truly prays ‘Thy kingdom come’ it would be impossible to have one kind of religion on his knees and another when he behind the counter; it would be impossible to have one kind of religion in the pew and another in politics. When a man truly prays ‘Thy kingdom come’ he means it in everything or in nothing.”

 

 

Matt. 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Luke 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

Many things are going on in our country that are started, stopped and legalized via our political system.

 

I am challenged by these words from scripture and from Billy Sunday to make every day of my year the same. To make all my decisions – my yay’s and nay’s to answer the question – will this further the kingdom of God?

 

Three – or maybe four days of my year are spent at the polls and if I am a believer of living in activated faith, those days will be no different than choices I make at any store, what I watch or read, at someone’s sick bed, when and what I write, or how and with whom I spend my time.

 

Daily we are faced with choices, mockeries of the kingdom of God. Do we truly ask ourselves what can I do to get rid of or to stop that thing that is dragging, preventing, blocking, people from knowing and enjoying the presence of God?

 

The answer is never – nothing. We/one person can always do something
Our call is to pray first about what we can and should do, share our concern, love on and live godly lives in the midst of those in our circle who are being misled. Share what you have (including knowledge and faith not just materially).

 

And – when at the polls, or politically speaking, my life, my actions, my concerns are the same –not what is in it for me, or even what choice is the best of several poor choices. My decision must be based on one thing:

which choice will further the kingdom of God.

 

 

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