I Timothy 1:1-2
1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
As I have been watching the news lately, especially regarding the civil unrest and unrelenting violence occurring in our major cities, two thoughts keep surging through my mind. The first is that we are living in one big bubble the spheres of which are our church and regional area.
In one sense, living in this big bubble is very fortunate being that we have been largely protected/shielded from the violence (at least up until now). Thank God for that! However, in another sense, living in this bubble is very unfortunate in that it cocoons us from the pain and suffering that is plaguing our fellow citizens. It’s difficult to develop a real compassion and deep empathy for what others tragically experiencing if we are not ourselves “walking in their footsteps.”
The second thought is that the violence we are witnessing is demonic in nature. PERIOD! All violence is a fulfillment of the devil’s vision to “Rob, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10) God’s people, church, and creation. As we watch the murder and mayhem our spirits need to be grieved for the devil truly is having his way in many parts of our country. Moreover, we need to WAKE UP to this spiritual reality and push back against this “present demonic darkness” (Ephesians 6:12).
We push back in two ways. As Christ followers we employ our most powerful spiritual weapon as Paul describes it in I Timothy 2:1. We pray and we pray hard, and we pray with an urgency and passion we’ve never had before and we pray as if there is no tomorrow.
As citizens we push back by doing or best to vote in “Law and Order” candidates, regardless of political affiliation. According to our passage this morning and Romans 13, God wants peace in our world and has ordained the government to create it and maintain it. If political leaders are derelict in this God given duty then we need to vote in people who take it seriously. Without peace, there really isn’t much left.
So, my “inbubbled” people, will you pray and vote with me until peace is restored and violence is stopped?