Friday, February 24, 2012

What Can One Person Do?

I received an email with two questions:
> Lets say that what your teaching is true.
> What can one person do
> to change how we are all governed or
> how can I change how I approach the
> government that I now live with?

I replied:

That's a great question.
I ask that question all the time.
Sometimes I feel very alone.

Obviously "one person" cannot change "how we are ALL governed."

But change begins with ourselves.

We have to make sure all our choices please God, so that He will hear our prayers OF,29%20;%20Prov_21:13,27%20;%20Prov_28:9%20;&version=NKJV

Prayer and Godly action are important in changing the way we are all governed.

Prayer is important because God sends governments as a judgment. If the cause of our government were to be found in Washington D.C., then we could go there to change things. We could write letters to Washington D.C. and maybe that will change things. But it is God who sends judgments of sword and famine, so we should pray to Him first.

Our prayers can change things, and everyone will feel the effect of our prayers.

Godly action is important because our entire nation can be affected by it.

Remember the account of Lot and Abraham's prayers. God told Abraham that he would not judge an entire city by virtue of just a handful of righteous people.

I assume you sent me this letter because we agree that there is something wrong. I'll bet someone you know has asked the same question about the problems we face. So that's three of us right there. Enough to save Sodom.

Keep this in mind next time you're tempted to sin. Say, "If I commit this sin, even though nobody else in the world will know about it, God will know about it, and He will create another bureaucracy in D.C. if I reject His commandments." Or maybe He will just send out some jackbooted thugs to your house from one of the bureaucracies that already exist. Or to your neighbor's house. Sin pollutes and brings judgment upon a nation.

We can't say for certain what God will do if you sin, but that's a healthy way to look at it. Your sin increases tyranny.

Our actions as individuals have collective, even cosmic repercussions.

This is why I say, Change begins with ourselves.

It might appear rather self-centered, but it encourages me to think that my actions have effects that ripple out to the rest of society.

But there are many more than three people in the world who agree with us:

Romans 11:2-5
Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying,  “Lord, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life”?  But what does the divine response say to him? “I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”  Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

We need to find each other and encourage one another

> or how can I change how I approach the
> government that I now live with?

Approach the government as you would anyone else who needs to repent of their sins (Matthew 18:15-17). Try to show them that they sin against God and against their neighbors. Show them God's commandments and the factual evidence of their disobedience, and the hurtful effects on other people. Try to be sympathetic and courteous, but firm and prophetic. Ask them to resign. Help them find another job.

Our duty is to be faithful, obedient, prayerful, and "the salt of the earth" and a light unto the world. I hope I might help encourage you in this regard.

All things work together for good . . . .

Saturday, February 18, 2012