“I don’t rule over you!”
I was shocked! What does he mean?
My congressional representative, Edward Madigan, bellowed that at me, during a meeting with a small delegation of Christian leaders from my home town.
But I just grinned back at him, and made some nervous response like, “Oh, yes – of course. Ha, ha!”
It was during the big Washington for Jesus event in the fall of 1980 on the Mall in Washington D.C. The event drew half a million Christians from across the United States to praise Jesus, seek God, repent and pray for mercy on America.
Some colleagues and I had brought a busload of concerned friends to join the gathering in repentance and prayer. At the time, America was crashing, at home and abroad. With double-digit inflation, 20 per cent unemployment, and the specter of nuclear war with Russia, it was a frightening time. We hoped God’s mercy could save us.
We clung to the scripture, “Who knows, God may turn and relent, and withdraw His burning anger so that we shall not perish. Then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.” Jonah 3:9-10.
We were meeting with our representative to give him a Bible and a list of people back home who were praying for him.
I was a bit intimidated and nervous, being a young, green thirty-something with this group of leaders in the representative’s ornate wood-paneled, high-ceiling office in Washington, D.C. Feeling like a bump on a log, I suddenly thought I should participate and say something.
“Tell us,” I said, “How can we pray for you back home as you rule over us?”
Immediately, his expression changed to a look of – you idiot!
He turned toward me and said emphatically, “I don’t rule over you!”
Embarrassed, I couldn’t respond. Silence echoed in the room.
“Teach the people how the government works!” he said in palpable frustration.
I wondered, “What does he mean, he does not rule over me – he’s the government! If he doesn’t rule over me, I have something to learn. I have a wrong mentality.”
And it’s true!
In America, the representatives we elect into office at every level are to be just that – representatives and public servants, not rulers.
We have a problem however. There are individuals who would prefer being a ruler with power to control rather than a servant. The American founders designed the whole American civil structure to limit the access and influence of these people. We need to elect those motivated by the desire for selfless public service rather than power.
Recent elections have been very close. In 2012, however, some 30 million Christians did not vote at all.
This sobering statistic indicates that Christians could have much to say, but do not – due to inaction.
Over the years, Christian Americans have lost much of the original thinking of the Founders.
The purpose of this blog is to encourage people of faith – especially those who have not voted in recent elections – to vote, vote always and vote according to Biblical wisdom. There are lots of reasons to vote but through discouragement, confusion or just plain laziness, many Christians do not.
In addition, people of genuine faith must be encouraged to serve in public office at every level in both parties. They are everywhere, and could be moving into positions of authority to serve their communities and nation in civil government, but only a precious few are actually doing it.
There are solutions, if we will turn and get to work.
Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its savor… It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”
We must work while it is still day…
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