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I often find myself in groups of Christians who are struggling with the current state of politics and sin running rampant throughout our present day America. I understand and often agree with them that things are not like they used to be. It saddens me to see that many in our nation no longer find direction and strength in the Word of God like they used to. It saddens me that our leadership on so many levels does not see eye to eye with me when it comes to what we have termed social issues.
While I am saddened, today’s reading reminds me who is in charge. Read these words again from Micah 1:5 “And why is this happening? Because of the rebellion of Israel – yes, the sins of the whole nation. Who is to blame for Israel’s rebellion? Samaria, its capital city! Where is the center of idolatry in Judah? In Jerusalem, its capital!” (Micah 1:5 NLT) Throughout the rest Micah’s message we see him preach destruction and hope like other prophets, but he also points to the root of this societal degradation. The sinful leadership of the nations kings and rulers.
Friends, I see a lot of similarities between our nation and the nations of Israel. However, as American citizens we hold some power. I am not convinced that politics is the answer to our nation’s problems. I believe the answer is Jesus Christ and following the teachings of God’s word, the only written truth that exist. Change people and you change the political system in our nation. To change Washington and Columbus (or wherever your state capital is) you must change the hearts of those elected. It also means electing people who have a heart bent on Jesus.