America needs you and me if she is to succeed in her divine purpose as a nation. She is weakening greatly under the blows and assault of darkness. The saints must rise in prayer and in civil action.

Today, I want to share an excerpt from John C. Maxwell’s devotional book titled Leadership Promises for Every Day (October 7). It calls to the heart and need for righteous action in civil disobedience to save a nation.

“Who changes the course of history? Kings? Potentates? Generals? The wealthy? Sure. But more often than not, men and women with little social standing most significantly reshape the world.

“When the king of Egypt grew worried about the exploding numbers of Hebrew slaves, he summoned two midwives, Shiphrah and Puah, and instructed them to murder all Hebrew male newborns. But these midwives feared God and refused to obey such a wicked command. Despite the king’s threats, they would not buckle under and continued to deliver healthy male Hebrews. Although they had no way of knowing it, their risky decision helped to spare the life of Moses, Israel’s God-ordained deliverer.

“In civil disobedience, Shiphrah and Puah risked their lives to protect the children God had placed in their care. Their bravery prompted God to show them kindness by blessing them with families of their own. No doubt their children and grandchildren took part in the great exodus from Egypt” (The Maxwell Leadership Bible).

In today’s world, Christians must take a courageous biblical stand against evil in government policies that destroy life. To save the destiny of this nation, we must save the children – from abortion policies to Marxist education to medical tyranny to national child trafficking to government dependency. Our children are our future and deserve our care and protection.

What can we do? Get engaged. Pray. Vote biblical values that are good for society, rather than blind loyalty to a party or for favored personalities. Be a voice for what is good and right. Think critically about the issues with truth and wisdom that impacts the freedom and well-being of future generations. It is in our hands in this moment to do good. As with Shiphrah and Puah, our actions make a difference.

Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

If you would like to be better informed about civil engagement, go to christiansengaged.org.

Heavenly Father, help us to be light in a world of darkness. Help us to stand with You in Your purposes for this generation. Give us a brave heart for taking right action, lest evil triumph through our neglect.