In church today we covered this neat passage regarding Ezra’s leading people back to Jerusalem:
21 There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. 22 I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.” 23 So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.
I recognize that historically the State has often used religion to prop itself up, but that’s not an accurate interpretation of the Bible. A major theme of the book, running from start to finish, is that the faithful will look to God for their security, not earthly riches or rulers.