Today’s guest post comes from John Newton. While his name is not well known, Christians and non-Christians alike have sung his song “Amazing Grace” since 1779. After his incredible conversion, he became a pastor in England during which he wrote this little snippet on politics. While it has been over two hundred years since it was penned, the words are fresh and applicable during this Presidential race. Read more of Newton’s writings.
The whole system of my politics is summed up in this one verse, “The Lord reigns! Let the nations tremble!” Psalm 99:1
The times look awfully dark indeed; and as the clouds grow thicker–the stupidity of the nation seems proportionally to increase. If the Lord had not a remnant here, I would have very formidable apprehensions. But He loves His children; some are sighing and mourning before Him, and I am sure He hears their sighs, and sees their tears. I trust there is mercy in store for us at the bottom; but I expect a shaking time before things get into a right channel–before we are humbled, and are taught to give Him the glory.
The state of the nation, the state of the churches–both are deplorable! Those who should be praying–are disputingand fighting among themselves! Alas! how many professors are more concerned for the mistakes of government–than for their own sins!