“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
– Luke 4
In a few days, a new President will be sworn in and will give an inaugural address, laying out his agenda for his Presidency. In like fashion, two thousand years ago Jesus chose this scripture from Isaiah for his own “inaugural address,” using it to lay out his vision and agenda for his Messiahship. His Kingdom is marked by restoration and justice. As Jesus’ Church in America, we have often forgotten that our primary allegiance and citizenship is to be oriented towards Jesus’ Kingdom, and not the United States of America.
In this season, Jesus is calling his Church to differentiate itself from American politics and political parties so that we can bring the peace, justice, and the unity of Jesus’ Kingdom – a peace, justice, and unity which no human government can produce.
Set aside 10-15 minutes to pray today.
There are many things to pray for related to the Church and its relationship with American politics – invite God to lead you in how to pray. Here are some places to start:
- Ask God to forgive us individually and collectively for aligning and identifying ourselves more with parties or ideologies than with Jesus’ Kingdom.
- Ask God to help the Church break our unholy political alliances with the Elephants and the Donkeys so that we can be loyal to our true leader, Jesus the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, and faithfully represent his agenda.
- Ask God to help us love others and engage them in dialogue well, especially those with whom we disagree politically, to listen well and to speak the truth in love.
- Ask God to enable the church to be a faithful witness of his Kingdom, such that our moral integrity, authority, and leadership are restored. Ask that God would revive his Church, enabling us to serve as salt, light, and as the conscience of the state as it has in the past in seasons of awakening and renewal.