The theme for the upcoming 2016 Family Leadership Summit is “Revival in the home, the church, and the government.” My colleague Christian Nitzschke recently wrote a piece on worship in the home. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. Revival in the home is an essential part of a changing a nation. But have you ever thought about what revival in the government would look like?
Government can play a major role in revival
It can be easy to ignore the government’s place in spiritual awakening. But a careful reading of Scripture indicates that ignoring it would be a mistake. God used government throughout history as a catalyst for revival and as a picture of His justice. The kings in the Old Testament, like Josiah, were used of God to spark revival and bless their land. Even pagan kings are recorded encouraging their nations to follow the Lord after being warned by prophets like Jonah. Government has a major impact on the spiritual health of a nation.
What is a revived government?
A revived government is full of Spirit-filled leader righteously punishing evil and praising good (1 Peter 2:14). A revived government reflects the justice of God to the community, which can also be an important tool in pointing people to a righteous Savior who bore the just punishment for sin on the cross.
How can we encourage revival in government?
God did not intend for us to ignore one of His social institutions because it is broken or because it is difficult to make a difference. Instead, He calls us to pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:2). We should be praying for the spiritual health of our leaders on a regular basis, both in corporate and personal prayer. We should also seek capable leaders who are honest, God-fearing, and who hate covetousness (Exodus 18:21). We should vote for godly leaders even if that means going outside of the most popular political parties. And finally, we should consider participating in government ourselves at all levels, with a righteous understanding of its role.
If Christians fail to view government as a God-ordained institution in need of the transforming effects of spiritual revival, then it will continue to fall short of its God-ordained duties and will instead be a catalyst for evil and injustice. It’s time we as Christians focused on reviving all three of God’s institutions: the home, the church, AND the government.