From the Pastor

IMG_5842 HiganbanaRemembering those in authority

This month two recently appointed members of the cabinet had to resign because of scandals.  How did you react to this news?  Did you become angry?  Do events like these make you cynical about government?

Our government officials need our prayers. The Bible encourages Christians to pray for “all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:2).  When governments provide peace and order for their nation, then the Christians in that nation can read the Bible, worship God publicly, and tell others about the Savior.

In our worship services on Sundays, we often include these words in our prayers:  どうか、この国の政治の務めに選ばれた者が、御恵みのうちに守られ、正しい政治を行い、愛と平和の社会と国家の建設のために、誠実をもって奉仕するよう、導いてください。(Please keep our elected officials in your grace. Lead them to govern righteously and to serve faithfully for a loving and peaceful society and for the building up of our nation.)

Our Lutheran church is not a political church.  We do not support one political party or endorse individual candidates.  But in our prayers we remember our nation, our government, and all those in authority.

Pastor Brad Wordell