3/24/10

The Will of the People

Much has been made of the “will of the people” as being crushed under the recent passage of Health Care legislation. In human terms, I am afraid for our country. As Congressman John Boehner (R-OH) said, “In a democracy, you can only defy the will of the people for so long and get away with it.” Though I’m not normally a doomsday prophetess, I keep wondering exactly how the axe will fall.

Yet I am certain God is the Sovereign Ruler of the universe (1 Chron. 29:11-13; Ps. 47:7-8; 115:3; Is. 46:9-11; Rev. 19:6). Those who follow Jesus must not trust in technology (Psalm 20:7) or in politicians (Psalm 146:3) who can fail us – boy, do they ever! Instead, we must trust in God.

We are “in the world, but not of it” (John 17:11-16); we were made for Kingdom living. But God expects us to be good stewards, and part of that modern-day stewardship, I believe, is wisdom in earth’s political affairs. Our politics has gone awry, but we’re also sinking in economic debt and smothered by cultural filth. All these ills are symptoms of a deeper disease. We Americans, so keen on independence, think we can live in independence from God (2 Cor. 3:5).

I added my voice this week to those who cried out, “Listen to the will of the people!” But the will of the people is still subjective; the will of the people can be wrong; and, too often, the will of the people ignores the will of God. The principles and truths of God’s Word are objective and authoritative—His Word never fails.

As I considered the fallout from the Health Care votes, I received a newsletter from Byron Paulus, Executive Director of Life Action Revival Ministries. He quoted from D.L. Moody’s final call to his church to seek revival. In a letter written June 1, 1899, Moody wrote, “The enemy has come in like a flood—it is time for those who believe in a supernatural religion to look to God to lift up a standard against him.” Byron added, “This plea from D.L. Moody is not just for them ... then. It is for every church and every ministry today....”

Many are deeply upset about the political travesty we observed in our halls of Congress, and rightly so; but the lack of revival in our churches should be our most urgent concern. As go our churches, so goes our nation. And revival begins in individual hearts before it consumes our churches.

In 2 Chronicles 7:14 we read, “If my people ...,” and prescribes the remedy for a nation gone downhill. Though addressed to Israel, its truths are valid today for all Christ-followers. God could not have made our choices for revival clearer: we must humble ourselves and repent ... pray ... seek God’s face ... and, in the light of His holiness, turn from our wicked ways.

Oh, that “the will of the people” ... God’s people ... might be aligned with His will, and that we might hunger for His Word and ways and rejoice in Him (Ps. 85:6).


Do you allow God to rule your life? How do you know?

For more insight, read my article, "Tethering" at the True Woman blog; or read this article about God's will: "A New Spin on 'Whatever!."

1 comment:

crazydaisy said...

Our God REIGNS!!!