Last night our parliament broke out into chaos at the SONA (state of the nation address) 2017 event. If you want to see more, go to YouTube. How should we respond to these things? What would Jesus call the church to do? Here are two answers:

 

1.) “… seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you …” (Jeremiah 29:7).
One thing for Christians to do it to look out into their own cities, towns, villages, farms, etc. and to actively, “seek the peace and prosperity” of that land. These words where originally given to the people of God living over 1500 years ago in the land of Israel. They were about to be sent off to live in Babylon. So the Lord their God instructed them on what to do when they arrived in Babylon, a land of chaos. They were to stop worrying and stop looking for greener pastures, but to look out into the cities and towns, etc. where they found themselves and work hard for the good. The lord our God, the creator of all things says these same words to Christians (and all people infact) today.

 

2.) “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority …” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
Another work for Christians to do is to pray for our leaders. These words were first sent to Christians living under the cruel reign of the Roman Caesars, under whose authority they were suffering. What shocking words! How could they be asked to pray for the people who were torching them? Christian persecution carried on from around 35 A.D. through to 315 A.D. How could they pray for these people? Well that is exactly what the gospel instructed them to do. It was to pray for all people, even those who hurt them. We to, like the early church, must pray for President Zuma, we must pray for EFF leader Julius Malema, we must pray for DA leader Mmusi Maimane.

In this hour of chaos, lets hold hands and not give up on our nation.