In this turbulent time of political, social, and emotional unrest, I thought a prayer and pledge of allegiance might be helpful to remind ourselves where we should be aligned and why. Loyalty and trust are important, but they reflect what we value most. They reflect what we truly worship . A prayer and pledge of allegiance I pledge allegiance to Jesus Christ and to unity of believers and t the gospel for which He died, one Church, under God, indivisible in His Spirit, with love and forgiveness for all. Oh, Lord, the King of Kings and Prince of Peace , I pledge my obedience and reverence to you alone. You have created me to love you and to love others . Keep me from spiritual distractions, from aligning myself against others, from creating enemies and judging friends, from believing that you can only work through human law. I pledge my faith to your will and your timing because you are not hampered by the decisions of men. You can use anyone. You can use me, if only I will trust you.
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Lord of heaven and earth, You know what's going on in my country. You know our sins are enormous. Sickening. Despicable. Unfathomable. Unrelenting. We exploit the naive, the weak, the old, the poor, and the traumatized . We kill babie s, no matter what their size. We decide who has a chance to live and what life should look like. We devalue human identity and created purpose, confusing our children and adults about who they are and how you created them. We ignore the handicapped unless they do something amazing that fully-functioning people don't do. We execute criminals , whether they've had a fair trial or not, and we say "Good riddance." We waste our natural resources . We mass-murder our own countrymen and look for someone to blame for it. We desecrate our healthy bodies through dangerous lifestyles, immorality, substance abuse, and food addictions. We call it our personal right to do so. We waste our time . Oh, such a valuable commodity. W
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Dear Lord, You are the King of Kings, so you understand kings. You are not surprised by the world's presidents, generals, dictators, prime ministers, shahs. You understand power, corruption, responsibility, greed, pride, and ambition. Please influence our leaders. Give us grace when our leaders make foolish choices. Give us grace when we make foolish choices, when we elect godless leaders and when we pretend like it's not our fault. Give us a chance to learn and correct our mistakes. Protect us from evil--from wanting it, from protecting it, and from excusing it. Make us a thinking, active, and responsible people. Forgive us our sins. Forgive our leaders of their sins and place God-fearing individuals in their paths to influence, challenge, and show them the love of God. Please give us another chance to serve you better--more fully--more sacrificially. May the church rise up--not as a political force-- but as the hands and feet of Jesus! He is the only one