I recently had the opportunity to speak with a high-ranking government official. During the course of our conversation he said something that I will never forget. He was talking about how our country needs our prayers, and then he said, “The go of the Gospel means politicians, too.” This statement brought the forgotten mission field of our government officials to my mind.
Too often we neglect to reach out to those who lead our nation because, frankly, we are intimidated by them. No matter how true this is, it ought not to be so. God gave us clear examples of reaching out to all walks of life. We are to preach to the young and old, and the rich and poor alike (Matthew 19:13-14). Race, station in life, or political affiliation should not make a difference. Even to this day “tax collectors” (the IRS) are not always our favorite people, but God reached out to Matthew and Zacchaeus. Both were saved; their lives were changed, and they followed Christ from that day forward. Matthew was one of the men God chose to write down His Word. A doctor named Luke was also chosen to share a beautiful account of the birth of Christ and to record many other accounts throughout Jesus’ life.
We do not determine who can be reached and who cannot. God has commanded us to go to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth. That includes political leaders. We must make sure that we are obeying every part of this command. I am thankful for that man’s admonition. The go of the Gospel is too ALL creatures.