Letter to the Editor: Pray for our country

The shootings in El Paso, Texas and then Dayton, Ohio have shocked our nation. Right away, people have turned to possible solutions. Many are recommending gun laws on top of the many gun laws already in existence.

The myriad gun laws already in existence have not stopped these shootings. Others, like myself, would say that we need to pray for our nation. When that solution is given, people have said, “What will prayer do?” “We need more than prayers.” Perhaps people who say that “we need more than prayers” don’t understand that people who pray do more than pray. People of faith believe and teach, with our prayers, what the Bible teaches in Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

People of faith who pray for our nation, especially during tragedies like these recent shootings, teach and believe that every person is made in the image of God. Every man, woman, and child is a special creation by the hand of God with an eternal soul. Every man, women, and child is a special creation full of talents, abilities, and personality.

As a pastor, I teach and rehearse this biblical concept over and over again in our services as we pray for our country. Kids, young people and adults need to constantly hear that others, that every person has value before God.

In a recent sermon, I challenged our people: The person you strongly disagree with on social media because of politics or lifestyle — they are made in the image of God and should be respected as such. People of faith who pray know there is no room for hurting others with whom you have strong differences with.

People of faith pray. People of faith pray for our country and do more than pray. People of faith share the hope of God’s Word about the value of each soul. People of faith share the hope and renewal of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord.

I pray. I pray for our country. I pray for comfort in the terrible loss felt by the families of these recent shootings. I pray that as we value that the sanctity of the life of each person, there may be fewer and fewer of these terrible tragedies.

Pastor Lance Wager
Maranatha Baptist Church

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