Are you Praying For The Church and Our Leaders


By J.W. Binion



By J.W. Binion

Are you praying for the church and its leaders? Are you praying for our nation and the duly elected leaders? If you did not yes to both questions my third question is – why not? Be a blessing to others; start praying for the revival of “the faith of our fathers”.

St. Matthew 23: 33 “You are snakes! A family of poisonous snakes! How are you going to escape God’s judgment? 34 So I tell you this: I am sending to you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify. Some of them you will beat in your synagogues and chase from town to town. 35 So you will be guilty for the death of all the good people who have been killed on earth—from the murder of that good man Abel to the murder of Zechariah son of Berakiah, whom you murdered between the Temple and the altar. 36 I tell you the truth, all of these things will happen to you people who are living now. NCV

THOUGHT: In this section of Matthew’s Gospel Jesus is speaking to a group of Pharisees and Sadducees giving them ‘what fore’ about their hypocrisy and lack of moral fiber. Ah ha, there is a good term ‘moral fiber’ just exactly what is ‘moral fiber?’ Moral fiber is the capacity to do what is right, no matter what the circumstance. Now having a sense of what is right and what is wrong is called having a moral or ethical code; where does one develop such a code? Traditionally that code was instilled in us by our family and churches. Contained in that moral fiber was something called a conscience { an aptitude, faculty, intuition or judgment that assists in distinguishing right from wrong}, in my case it was a mother and grandparents reminding me that following the “Golden Rule” would keep me out of trouble. There was always that gnawing thing in the back of my mind called “guilt” when I even thought about going off that road of ‘right’. I fear one of the major problems with today’s under 40s is that they missed having parents and grandparents like my generation did – and yes I realize I am including some of my grands in that group. What is this thing called guilt? The condition of a human being as a result of violating a moral code, especially God’s; in regard to God’s standards, guilt is a result of sin (the violation) and leads to punishment; God allows removal only on the basis of a substitute who acts as a stand-in for the guilty party. That stand-in has been provided to us and His name is Jesus. Now one must be introduced to Christ Jesus, accept His Lordship, repent of one’s sins, and begin living a new lifestyle [become a new creature] in order for this substitionary sacrifice to take place. The moral code established by our creator and His Son must become part of our nature. Turn from the ‘brood of vipers’ and to the Son of the Most High God.

Grant O Lord our nation to achieve revival of our Christian faith and the moral fiber entailed therein. We seek renewal of ethics and morals among our leaders both sacred and secular. Empower us with the strength of the Apostles and the wisdom of Solomon as we defend our faith, in Jesus’ name, AMEN.

By J.W. Binion

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