The wedding
October 4, 2012
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“We have no king but Caesar!”
March 15, 2013

Two weeks ago, my neighbor Carol called and we got to talking about the prayer I was hosting in Sunday evenings in my home. “I think that’s so wonderful you’re doing that,” she said. “If ever we needed to pray for our nation, it’s now.”

I agreed, and invited her to join us, as I know Carol is a Christian. Then she said something that totally took me aback. “After all, we don’t want women to lose the right to choose what they can do with their bodies, or anyone dictating who we can marry.”

Shocked as I was to hear Carol, a believer, profess her pro-abortion, pro-(so-called) gay marriage agenda, she is not the first Christian I’ve known to hold these views. I have another friend who is a Bible teacher and Christian author and asserted the notion of separation of church and state for why she voted they way she did. Such beliefs are nonsensical because of their complete incompatibility with what the Bible states.

As we gathered for prayer shortly after my stunning conversation with Carol, I specifically prayed over deceived Christians and asked God aloud, “How is it that so many believers are in the dark?” After a moment, a friend said aloud,“Deception creeps in when areas of the life remain unsurrendered to Christ.”

Joel Rosenberg articulates thebreakdown of Christians who voted Obama into office this election and how devastating that was (I would direct readers to his writing on the subject as it it is both thorough and succinct). The point of reflecting on all of this for me is that if Christians are deceived by such polarizing, diabolical issues as governed this election, and if this indeed is a result of a compromised life (which I believe it is), then I am very concerned about how their faith will survive in these ever-darkening days until Christ returns. For it is going to quickly get much more difficult to be a Christian.

My concerns are particularly deep because of a family member who falls into this category. As the institutional church is separated from the true Bride of Christ, I am persuaded of the need to pray for the body of Christ all the more, that our faith may not fail.


Emily Tomko
Emily Tomko
Emily writes with fierce compassion and a deep desire to see people freed from the miry clay of this world and walking in the truth. Emily is available to minister at women’s retreats and youth functions, college fellowships, and business women meetings.


  1. Kevin says:

    my heart aches as this nation continues it’s moral decline. i am alarmed as close friends, professed Christians, are persuaded by a gay acquaintance to support homosexuality and same sex relationships. and the gop is now considering support of gay marriage in order to ‘garner the vote’

  2. Emily Tomko says:

    Kevin, thanks for commenting. My heart is grieved, too. The world is bewildered why there’s drought and economical collapse and violence. But the professing church should be able to recognize that there are spiritual laws, just like there are physical laws. And to let someone continue in sin is to not love them enough to spare them destruction. I believe it breaks God’s heart to bring His judgment on nations and national sin. But out of His holiness, He has to.

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