I haven’t posted anything overly political in quite some time so I thought that now would be as good a time as any. I’ve been digging into God’s word more than ever this year and have found some really inspiring and interesting scripture about leadership, rulers, authority, and blessings upon a nation. Not only that, but I’ve also come across a couple of people who don’t think the way I do and it has challenged me to come up with an answer for my faith and political beliefs.
With that said, I’d like to share some passages that I thought were interesting and very relatable to what is going on in our country today. Please feel free to share with me any questions or concerns you may have and I’d be more than happy to respond. And remember, it is always better to be a doer of the word and not a hearer only. This is my goal…to share God’s word in its purity for your benefit.
Let’s begin with a biggie:
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”
This is a huge issue for people. We are called to pray for those in power in our own country, as a nation founded on Christian principles, that they might represent God in their actions. No leader is in place without the knowledge of God. God has always given us free will. Sometimes evil men come to power through the ignorance of the people who have put him in power.
Throughout the old testament (Kings, Chronicles, Samuel, etc.), God placed rulers in authority that reflected the heart of the people. If they disobeyed, they were met with oppression. If they were obedient, they were met with peace and prosperity. This is still the case in our world today. We are still called to the same obedience under what God has laid out in both the old and new testament.
You can look at the story of Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar as an example of a people who were not repentant of their disobedience and thus an evil ruler came to power. However, he was placed there for a purpose set out by God. God allowed the will of the people to play out.
Whether you agree with our president or not, it is your duty as a Christian to pray that God will direct his decisions and his heart. Most of all, we are not to curse (despise, contempt) our president. “…the curse (vilification) causeless (devoid of reason or advantage) shall not come.”
“Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.”
This opens up a whole different topic, which I will briefly discuss:
“Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.“
When we don’t agree, strife can arise. When one person is strongly against something that another is strongly for, this can cause strife. However, if you are encouraging or stirring up strife, anger and wrath will follow.
“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.“
“A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.“
We are called to be slow to anger. When you are slow to anger, you are representing the kingdom of God. People will try to stir up strife, especially if they don’t agree with you. And sometimes these people can’t (or won’t) be appeased or try to see both sides, but nevertheless, we must be slow to anger.
“An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression (sin, rebellion). A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”
So as you can see, strife, anger, and fury result in sin. If we, as God’s children, are called to be perfect and blameless, don’t you think that engaging in strife and anger should be refused?
Remember the fruits of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
God has called us to be all nine of those beautiful fruits. If you are engaging in anger and strife, you are not being a good representation of Christ. Search your heart and ask God to speak to you about your attitude toward our president. If it is edging on hatred and unforgiveness, then you need to go back to your Father and ask for peace and forgiveness.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
I hope that this post has inspired you. I want, above all, to share God’s word so that my readers and peers can be more educated and free. I love the tag line that this Christian YouTube couple uses at the end of every video. They provide Christian advice to young people in order to give them hope so that they may be free.
So, have hope and be free, my friends!