To post or not to post…
Hello, friends…I’ve been wrestling with something for quite some time now. I’ve talked about it with my parents, friends, and even a few pastors along the way. The question I sometimes struggle with is this: At what point does it become necessary, even essential, for me to use my platform to speak out against the ails and evils of this world? Do I have a responsibility to weigh in publicly on social and political issues of the day or should I leave that to pastors and professionals? Do I keep my focus on Jesus, the gospel, and encouraging others in the faith? Or is there more?
While working on a related song idea yesterday, Micah 6:8 came to mind. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God. So, what does that look like for a Christian singer/songwriter? Except for a blog post during the presidential election, which I kept rather general, I have steered safely clear of all political postings and other controversial subjects. This, because I simply don’t have time to carry on a debate online. Nonetheless, my Mom frequently sends and forwards emails to keep me abreast. Sometimes they are fun and silly, but mostly they are informative and inspirational. She sent this one today and I decided to take a baby step and share it.
Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given by Minister Joe Wright in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. Everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but below is what they heard… (It seems prayer still upsets some people. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa and Korea). With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called ‘one nation under God.’
HEAVENLY FATHER, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness
and to seek your direction and guidance.
We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’
but that is exactly what we have done.
We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children
and called it building self-esteem.
We have abused power and called it politics.
We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography
and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers
and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today;
cleanse us from every sin and set us free.