WHY PRAYERS, POLITICS & PROFITS?
We all need prayer, politics, and profits to live a godly and golden life. These three things may not seem to be related but they are. The Bible tells us about the importance. Throughout the Bible, we are called to pray and to “pray without ceasing” (24/7). Prayer changes things. We have to keep in mind the focus of our prayers—God.
Biblically speaking, God is a personal being (#prayer). This is critical to prayer because it means that God is a person we can interact with, that He has a will and that we are able to relate to Him on a meaningful level. To relate you must own and study a Bible. (#Bible)
Not only is God personal, but He is also loving (1 John 4:8, 16; John 3:16). This is also important in relation to prayer. If God were personal, but uncaring or unkind, then prayer might do us more harm than good! But God is not only loving, but he is also all loving (omnibenevolent). In relation to prayer, this means that God always desires the best for us because He loves us.
In hearing and responding to our prayers, then, we are assured that God will do so on the basis of His many attributes. His personal nature, love, power, knowledge, wisdom, holiness, immanence and sovereignty all play a role in how we relate to God in prayer and how He relates to us.
Make no mistake I’m here to do business, but most importantly, God’s business. You need a Bible.
Next, how is politics related to this? Politics can be defined as the authoritarian control over goods, services, and resources. In other words Who controls who gets what, when, where and how much. In other words, who controls your food, shelter, and clothing (#politics)
Many Christians object to civic engagement with politics. They think anything besides explicit preaching and teaching of the Bible is a distraction from the mission of the church. However, this is a limited understanding of the kingdom of God and contrary to examples in Scripture.
In fact, the Bible speaks about civil government and provides examples of faithful engagement.
- In the Old Testament, Joseph and Daniel served in civil government, exerting influence to further the flourishing of their nations.
- In the New Testament, Jesus engaged in holistic ministry, caring for the spiritual and physical needs of people. Feeding the hungry and healing diseases were an outworking and extension of the reconciliatory message of the gospel.
- Paul also advocates this approach: “As we have the opportunity, let us do good to everyone” (Galatians 6:10). And: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
Engaging in “good works” should include participating in the political process because of the legitimate and significant role of government. The decisions made by the government have a substantial impact on people and the way we interact with them. A Christian view should include a political theology that recognizes every area of life must be included in the “good works” of believers, especially politics, an area with significant real-life implications for people. Christians must care about politics.
Finally, let’s talk about the relationship of profits. Profit can come in many forms; spiritual, mental and physical. And while we are here for that too we are talking here about financial, i.e. money. (#profits)
The Bible has a lot to say about money, wealth, greed, contentment and a variety of other topics as they pertain to our financial and spiritual lives. I’ve heard it said more than once that the Bible has well over 2000 verses about money. So, never underestimate the Christian value in acquiring and having money. How could the Good Samaritan help the robbed man if he had no money?
There are many ways to make money for God, for your church, for your family and yourself. Remember, you can’t give what you don’t have and if you don’t have it there are ways to go and get it.