January 25 – Reformation of Key Legislation
"Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.”
(I Chronicles 29:12: NASB)
Every Administration makes decisions for the American public that affect our every day lives. Some end up to be very beneficial and long-lasting. Others, are quickly found to have been mistakes, and the next Administration quickly rolls them back. At times, technology and new ideology help us see that modifications to familiar legislation are in order. Such is the case in 2017. The Affordable Healthcare Plan (Obamacare) has been quickly found to be a costly mistake that truly benefits only a small number of Americans. It is putting insurance companies and small businesses out of business and the tax penalties are stressing many citizens. It is being replaced. The way this nation handles immigration needs a complete overhaul. The President is working with Hispanics on both sides of the aisle and in the private community to come up with a policy that will eventually work for all. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson proposed a limitation that was inserted into the tax code in 1954—if your organization pays no income taxes, you can’t promote candidates for office or speak out about proposed legislation. Churches have felt bound ever since. President Trump has promised to repeal that “Johnson Amendment”, restoring true freedom of speech to the pulpits of America. Speaking of the tax code, it has become quite complicated as time has gone on. Simplifying it is also goal of the President.
Points for Prayer:
The Lord cares about everyone—the rich and the poor, the old and the young, business owners and those who work for them, people of every ethnic group, government leaders and their constituents. Ask God to grant wisdom for solutions that are win-wins in the hardest of legislative issues.
Pray that a strong, workable solution will be found to replace Obamacare. Healthcare is something every American needs and it has become unaffordable. There has to be an answer that will benefit the public, the insurance companies, and businesses of every size. Pray that the solution will be found quickly!
Intercede for those working on the answer to our immigration problems. We need a plan that embraces those looking for a better life for their families while sifting out those who would cause us harm.
Pray for better national security strategies.
Ask the Lord for a repeal of the Johnson Amendment and for a simplification of the tax code, in general. Proclaim that the Church will speak up regarding candidates and that pastors will teach what the Bible says on moral issues.
By, Timmerle Kelly with Cindy Jacobs