|Under Cyrus, Israel was released from the Babylonian exile.|
The reason it stinks is that it involves politicians. Most of them are motivated by greed, human respect, and lust for power; and almost all put pragmatism above principle. So I wasn't surprised when an acquaintance sent me these two articles about Ted Cruz and urged me to reconsider my support:
Cruz Participates in Mandela Love-Fest
Ted Cruz is Guest of Two Gay Businessmen
One is tempted to just throw up his hands (or just throw up) and ditch politics altogether. But, as citizens, we have an obligation not to abandon the process. And I'm happy to say that I actually know TWO politicians who are godly men who will NEVER trade God's laws for man's pragmatism: Virginia state senator Dick Black and Virginia state delegate Bob Marshall. I'm sure there are others, but these two I would trust with my life. Now if we could just get more good men and women to run for politics maybe we would have some real choices. In the meantime, we all need to do the best we can. Don't ask ME what that is. Pray and study seeking discernment.
Politics needs to be on your prayer list. For the sake of our country, Christians must be engaged in the process. At the very least vote. At the local level know who represents you and what they stand for. Sign up for your local conventions so you can impact and help nominate who will run for public office. If Christians withdraw from the process, things will only get worse. Be involved and pray that the Lord will send us a Cyrus who will help to rebuild our culture according to God's will.
Cyrus the Great was a pagan Persian king who ended the Babylonian captivity, released the Jews and allowed them to return to Jerusalem. He returned the sacred vessels taken from the first temple by King Nebuchadnezzar which were used sacrilegiously by his son Belshazzar to drink from with his guests and praise their pagan gods [Daniel 5]. (Remember the hand writing on the wall!) Cyrus also provided funds and materials to rebuild the temple. Isaiah 41 describes the liberator of Israel whom scholars agree was Cyrus used by God as His instrument. The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah describe in detail the return of the Jews from exile and the rebuilding of the temple. What a time of joy when they returned "carrying their sheaves."
Christians in the United States today are under the decrees of a "king" who uses his cell phone and pen to accomplish his evil edicts. In this culture Christians are exiles. But our suffering and sacrifice can help to bring about change. So let us pray to the King of Kings through His beautiful Mother to restore the law of God to our land.