Nicaragua in Focus – How to respond to Riots and Civil Unrest
I grew up watching and looking up to movies like the Patriot. And acknowledged that when someone takes away your civil liberties it was okay to fight back and be violent and in fact it was encouraged. I grew up thinking that war was good if the cause was just and was good. I grew up thinking that it was a man’s duty to do the right thing in their own eyes even if God had other plans. I was wrong. I would like to say that I support and do still support the government and soldiers.
Recently I have come face to face with riots in a foreign country, the country of Nicaragua. A proclaimed constitutional democracy which in reality is a dictatorship. What do you do or allow others to do when civil liberties are trampled? What do you do when rights are being ripped from under a nation? What do you do when protests turn to blood and peaceful marches turn to a violent uprisings?
I have not all the answers but there is a God in heaven that knows these things and his word teaches us how to treat government. My hope is that these reflections may help you to pray for Nicaragua and those who minister here. In some colonies the people are suffering and without basic staples like rice and salt. People have died in the protests. What would God have us to do? Fight for for injustice and civil liberties? Yes, but how? God calls us to stand in the Gap with the word of God, prayer, and fasting, and all in love?
God first wants us to intercede for the government and the nation of Nicaragua. Ezekiel 22:30 says,
“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.”
God wants to pray for authorities despite how they behave. To pray that they might come to Jesus. Even to give thanks for them. To love even those that would do harm.
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” 1 Timothy 2:1-3
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, Matthew 5:44
As Christians our primary weapons are spiritual. Ephesians 6 reminds us that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but spiritual in breaking down the strongholds of the enemy. We are exhorted to pray, use the word of God, to have faith, walk in the gospel, do right even when people do wrong.
Pray for Nicaragua.
Gasoline prices have gone up for an already poor people. From Wednesday May 9 there has been a call to stop of all transportation. Taxis have stopped running in Managua. Pray that God calms this situation and the Nicaraguan people. Pray for the President family to be able to make wise decisions and for their salvation.