Okay, so the candidate I voted for has been inaugurated. However, this is not the time to cease praying and to sing “Happy Days are Here Again”. We have much to pray through in the coming days and much to confess. I like the idea of a strong military but our safety is not in horses or chariots or their modern equivalent. The safety of America depends on her dependence on God. I hope to see much in the coming days of the need for repentance and returning to God. If we as a nation continue down the road to secularism as we have been for decades, then the judgement of God cannot be far behind. We need to understand that no one man is our national savior no matter what his intentions are or how much we agree with his objectives. We need to be diligent in prayer and keep our goals before Washington just as those will who oppose us. We need the right Supreme Court Justice and increased religious freedom to do our part in sharing the truth of the gospel to a needy nation and the world. We need to look to our own lives and make personal holiness once again a priority. No party or candidate can do that for us. Let us strengthen our churches, separate ourselves from the world and let the righteousness of God be revealed in us. America’s need is not prosperity but for her citizens to be reconciled to God.
I had the sad honor tonight to minister briefly with the family of Officer Walker. It seemed such a small thing to hold his youngest baby and to pray with the wife and family gathered at Denton Regional Emergency Center. It is heart breaking to see the brothers and sisters in blue gathering in the hallways and near the doors. We all had the same questions and desires to help in any way possible, to assist the grieving. Sorting through the emotions of the night we encounter disbelief, shock, and anger. These feelings are natural and point out to us our common shared humanity. There is no shame or dishonor in tears shed and frustration expressed at such a time as this. Our Jesus wept at the grave of His friend Lazarus. He wept for us because as He told Lazarus’s sister He, Jesus Christ, is the resurrection and the life. He also wept from His own broken heart for when He took on humanity to make our salvation possible He shared all our pain including the pain of the death of those we love.
Following or together with His tears, Jesus prayed and He prayed for the grieving around Him. Sleep does not come easy tonight but prayer and thoughts on prayer do. I will be so bold as to suggest some things we can pray about so that we can turn our grief into ministry.