5 Biblical Ways to Respond To the Headlines of the Past Week

If you are like me, the news since January 20th has been difficult to hear. Amazingly, it seems like a day does not go by without reading headlines that either make me sad or enrage me. Maybe this is nothing new, maybe I am just paying more attention to the news, but if you are like me, it can seem overwhelming. And if you are like me, you might be struggling with how to respond to the headlines this week.

It is at times like these that I am grateful that I have a faith that has stood the tests of time to help me navigate life. I am thankful that I have a source of wisdom, in the Bible, to help me make sense of the headlines and best respond. While everything in scripture has a specific context it is written in and needs to be understood first in that context, it has a lot to say about our context as well. The early church in Acts demonstrated their protest to the headlines of their day not in violence in the streets, but in love in their homes and communities. Sharing in food and possession to all those who needed it. I believe how the early church acted, and the wisdom of the Bible can give us good insight into how we should live and act in the world we find ourselves today. And with that in mind, here are 5 ways I believe the Bible suggests we respond to the headlines of this week.

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 January 31st, 2017  
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5 Ways to Pray for Your Political Leaders

Today in Canada a new Liberal Party government will be officially installed in a deeply traditional and symbolic ceremony. And in the days and years canada flag towerto follow this new government will seek to lead this country in the way it believes is best.

The days before the election my social media feeds were full of differing points of view on what a change in government would mean. A mix of positive and negative views on all parties and persons involved sometimes vilifying the candidates in such a way that they no longer seemed human, but a caricature of a monster in the political arena. I struggled with my own choice as to who to vote for which I wrote a bit about here. But in the end I know there were many very sincere Christians who thought that the way Canada voted was the worst possible outcome. And amazingly, my news feed is almost silent about politics once again!

But while we might not agree with who the Prime Minister is, or which party is in power, we still have a great responsibility at hand. The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Timothy that we are to pray for those in authority, all political leaders, because that is what pleases God.

Amazingly enough, Paul doesn’t tell his audience to vilify leaders to inhumane standards on social media or in public conversation. Which unfortunately seems to be more common than prayer when we find ourselves in disagreement with someone in authority. For Paul to have told his initial audience to pray for their leaders was him telling them to pray for the people who don’t like them. To pray for the people who will persecute them, and won’t stop till they are all gone. Paul was even saying to pray for the people that not too many years later would kill him. We just have to pray for some people that our peers elected and we disagree on policies with, hardly seems as intense.

So how do you pray for your leaders in politics, those in authority you maybe agree, or disagree with?

Here are 5 ways I will be praying for our Prime Minister and other elected officials in the years to come. Read more…

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 November 4th, 2015  
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