Half of our country is excited, half is fearful with the results of recent elections. Whatever your politics are, this is a time to pray earnestly for our president and our government.
The task before them is daunting. The Rev. Billy Graham once said that "to get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees."
1 Timothy 2:1-4 instructs us in the following: "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) was a French philosopher, historian and statesman. He published a two-part work entitled "Democracy in America" after touring America in 1831. These words are attributed to de Tocqueville: "I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors ... in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school systems and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."
What makes America good and great? It is our heritage and legacy of faith. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. (Hebrews 11:1-2)
When we present our requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving to God, where does our faith lie?
I believe that the answer to that question is "God is enough."
If you were disappointed by the elections behind us ... God is enough.
If you are confused and uncertain with the current economy ... God is enough.
If you are being stretched to do things differently or to pray differently ... God is enough.
I hope that my legacy of prayer and faith is just that. God is enough.
Pastor Kevin Hartke serves Trinity Christian Fellowship, 50 S. McQueen Road, Chandler, and is a member of the Chandler City Council.