It was a privilege to serve as Chaplain of the Week for the Oklahoma State Senate. Thanks to Senator Rick Brinkley for the invitation and your incredible hospitality. I’m proud to call you my Senator, more than that, my friend.
Everyday these men and women within our government, both elected and non-elected, are faced with choices that affect the lives of everyone in our state. Because their work is public and ‘for the people’ it’s the kind of job many mistakenly think they could do. Every decision they make, both public and private, is open for discussion. Daily they are challenged by people who may not have all the facts, but who are convinced they do have all the answers. Right or wrong, selfish or selfless, people are never shy about sharing their opinion.
They struggle to balance family, friends, and the work they do in order to serve the people of our state. They are people – just like you and me – making the best decisions they can based on who they are and the information available at the time.
I hope you will continue to pray with me for them. The Bible teaches that the hearts of our leaders are in the hands of God. Let’s ask God to move on their behalf. When these leaders are weak He can give strength. When they are right He can empower them with words that convict and convince and shape a healthy debate that leads to a remarkable, God-inspired, future. When they are wrong He can correct and move them to where they should be. Interestingly enough, God does the same thing for you and me.
When I think about Jesus and what he might think about politics I’m always reminded that Jesus didn’t come to win arguments. He came to win you. Once he has your heart the politics have a way of working themselves out for our good and his glory.
As we debate and argue about the issues of the day let’s fight for one another instead of with one another. Stop trying to win the argument and start trying to win the heart.
This week I used the words of Paul from Philippians 1:9-11 to guide my prayers for our Senators and their staff – would you pray this with me for them?
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense, till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory of God.”
This was a remarkable experience. I’m honored to have the privilege to serve.