“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8
- Some people reject the heritage of Christianity in the culture and structures of society and government of the USA. However, it is evident in the historical record in many places. For example, one of the common cries of the Committees of Correspondence in the colonies before independence was “No King but King Jesus.” Does biblical teaching justify such a cry? What does this verse and its context teach you about King Jesus? With whom were the colonists comparing King Jesus? If citizens today rejected their national government in a revolutionary sense while clinging to biblical revelation, what might their cry be?
- When the first Continental Congress convened in 1774, its first official act was to invite a minister to lead the assembled congress in prayer. Some members wondered how they could manage, since the members belonged to many different churches. However, they all agreed that a prayer to the God they all served was completely in order for all attendees. The prayer began this way:
O Lord, our Heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from Thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth, and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires, and Governments; look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor, and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee.
How does this prayer transcend the various denominational differences among Christians,? How does the verse above transcend denominational differences among Christians? How did the pastor who led this prayer express the teaching of this verse in his prayer?
- After a bitterly-fought campaign to elect a president of the USA, approximately half of the people who voted in 2012 saw their chosen candidate lose. What comfort can they find in this verse? How does this verse touch those whose candidate prevailed? What is the relationship of the winners of national elections to the God who speaks in this verse?
- Some people say that the God who speaks these words diminishes everyone by this message. Some people say that when God speaks these words, he elevates everyone. How would you explain the two very different viewpoints?