The last week of February set records for snowfalls, crashes, and accidents. But, for those of tuned into our radios and TVs, it was stormy weather spiritually assaulting our hearts and minds with news that bid fair to crush our spirits and rain down despair upon our souls.
We listened to President Trump's personal legal advisor call him "a racist, a liar, and a cheat." He was bent - he said - on telling the truth this time, by declaring all of the bad things he knew about the moral and spiritual life of our president.
As Americans who love our country, and want to honor the one whom the country has elected to be president, we are sick at heart.
As Christians we believe God holds the world in His hands, that He has called America to be a servant nation to the world, and that He calls us to do good and be good for the world's good.
In the Bible, God acknowledges we are sinners. That's why He came in Jesus - out of His vast love - to die for the world, paying the price of our sin. And, over and over again, in Scripture, we read that He calls all kinds of people into leadership. Some are good, some are bad. And often He uses even the bad, to do good in this world.
God's hand is at work in America's life, as it has always been. He cares about all of us individually and as a nation. He cares about our leaders. Mysteriously and seemingly impossibly, our president came to his election victory as have all our presidents.
Our president has a group of leaders in his government who gather regularly to pray for him, and for our land. We have reason to believe he has a believing wife who prays for him as she has done on at least one occasion publicly.
We are hurt to hear defaming things about our president. But we can also be glad for many remarkably good things he has done as president.
The issues that count the most in our country's life, are above party and politics.
The One we are called to trust is God Who is Lord of heaven and earth, and the God in which we trust.
We need to pray for the wisdom and safety and health and strength of our president. We need to pray for a spirit of hope in our own hearts. The Evil One would love to weaken and destroy us and our country from within. We can fight his dark and malevolent purposes in our own hearts and spirit.
Our country needs us to claim our place as people of peace and of power, who are at the business of prayer, daily and hourly.
The future is in God's hands. Let us pray for it to be a faithful and righteous future for us, for our present president and for all who may become our leaders after him. It is our work to do. Let it be done as faithfully as we can. God will help us.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. . ."