This week we will observe in this country a National Day of Prayer.  We will do this even though most of our leaders will not recognize or participate in it.

Unlike in times past, our nation’s leaders see no need in calling our nation to prayer.  Secularism is growing in our country.  This is in large part due to the removal of God from every sphere of life outside of Sunday service.  We are engaged in a debate over what separation from church and state actually means.  Does it mean keeping government interference out of the church or keeping the church out of the government, or somehow does it encompass both ideologies? 

In Luke 23:38, we read that an inscription was placed over the cross of Christ.  It is important to note what it read, “This is the King of the Jews.”  But, likewise it is important to note that it was written in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew.  At first glance, you might think this only an effort to communicate with various audiences who might be passing by, but on further inspection God may be communicating with us even today.  You see, Greek was the language of culture, Latin the language of government, and Hebrew the language of religion.   Thus, this sign declared what was true then and still true today, in all spheres of life, Christ is King.  

As followers of Jesus, we should respect other peoples and cultures as well as defend the free exchange of ideas, but we cannot separate our belief in Christ from our work, our politics, our lifestyle, or any other aspect of our lives.  To proclaim Christ to be our Savior and Lord by definition means He is sovereign over all our lives.  He is Lord as much on Monday and Friday as He is on Sunday.  To try to separate out and filter your beliefs about Christ from your speech and actions show a lack of understanding on what it means to be a child of God.  Paul wrote it this way, “I am crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for Me.” (Galatians 2:20)

Our only hope for the issues we face in this world is a return to convictional living.  The panacea of relativism and tolerance where everyone is free to be who they want to be and live anyway they want to live regardless of the consequences has failed us.  It is up to the people of God to lovingly, but steadfastly stand up for justice, righteousness, and peace. So, as you gather this week to pray as an individual, a small group or a church, ask God to reveal to you where you can repent and make a fresh new commitment to live out your faith in Christ to the world around you.  

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