By Dr. Kelli Criss
We join the rest of the faith community in continuing to pray for peace and safety during the current public health crisis and social unrest. We pray for a clarity of vision to see what God is doing to answer our prayers for righteousness in America and for leaders to uphold Judeo-Christian values. We want children and families to be guided by God’s principles. We seek the defeat of socialism in our Republic. God is answering these prayers through His favor and blessing during the current global pandemic and unrest.
In our series about the nation of Judah’s and King Jehoshaphat’s miraculous victory and testimony during their national crisis, we have recalled God’s faithfulness to the world during COVID-19. Last week, we considered the securing of international borders during the pandemic. This week’s blog, Glorifying His Name, Part I, considers the insight we experience from God’s peace. We’ll name further examples of how we see God working on behalf of humanity. God is defeating COVID-19 just as He delivered the people of Judah during an impossible battle.
The power in God’s victory for the people of Judah was not only in its impact upon surrounding kingdoms, but also in the way the nation’s gratitude brought them peace. According to 2 Chronicles 20:30, peace was not only around the nation, but within it: “And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side” (NIV). After the paralyzing fear of the unknown and their powerlessness, King Jehoshaphat and his people had peace and rest. Gratitude removes fear. Praise and worship of God for who He is – removes fear. Obedience in the power of the Holy Spirit removes fear. Remembering to thank our God for His grace, favor, faithfulness, and power removes fear.
As the nation of Judah and King Jehoshaphat turned their attention and meditation to God in prayer and fasting, the people stopped focusing solely upon their circumstances of being drawn into an unprovoked attack from a multinational force. The people of Judah focused upon the Lord through God-centered praying and fasting. The nation heard from the Lord and obeyed Him as the Holy Spirit empowered them to do. God won the battle for the people of Judah. Through their gratitude, God granted the people of Judah peace and removed their fear. When fear is gone, God’s children see clearly what God is actually doing – glorifying His name.
Educating Children within the Family
Through the peace and subsequent clarity God has given us, the faith community is seeing God’s movement to glorify His name. At Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition, we believe God is glorifying His name during the current crisis through moving U.S. education out of the government’s hands and fully into the family’s realm. Since March, American children have been embedded more deeply into their families where they are home-schooling and spending quality time together. Although the juggling of work and home-schooling is overwhelming for parents, we are seeing how much time together with our children offers all of us.
Now, the textbooks of government-run schools are under even more scrutiny from parents who can identify the revisionist history and the anti-God message woven into these texts. More time together means more opportunities for parents to model a relationship with God just through working together on life’s ordinary tasks. After all, more is caught than taught. Our children absorb who we are in our everyday relationship with them rather than particular “lessons” we attempt to teach them explicitly.
Exposing Socialism’s Lies
Millennials have supported socialist candidates like Bernie Sanders because they believe that government needs to control society to make life better for everyone. God has blessed millennials during the pandemic by allowing them to have real experience of government control, rather than merely ideals. Although the actions taken by governments to require citizens around the world to stay at home have been necessary, being isolated from one another by government order involves millennials’ being told to do something whether they agree or not.
Now, millennials may better understand that more government control can border on tyranny. Socialism is tyranny’s twin. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
Join us next week as we delve further into how God is moving during the global crisis and national unrest to glorify His name. Visit the Florida Faith and Freedom website to sign-up for our newsletter or read previous blogs.