Posts Tagged ‘authority’

  

“By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.” (Proverbs‬ ‭29‬:‭4‬ NIV)

As I sat in a surgical waiting room yesterday, I was entranced by the chaos I saw breaking out on the television. Baltimore was being torn apart at the seams. With recent accusations of people dying because of police brutality, it has caused much tension and rioting in different parts of the nation. While I am a firm supporter of our Brothers in Blue, I do know that there are some loose guns and low morals in certain segments of authority, albeit a small number in my opinion. Yet, just one rotten apple can mess up things for the rest. 

When leadership is bad, it tends to corrupt whatever it touches. Yet when it is good, it seeks to uplift those it oversees. But if godly people aren’t voting or lifting up our nation in prayer, how can we expect right or righteous things to take place? Evil does certainly reign when good people do nothing, especially in places of authority!

Take time to lift up our nation’s tumult to God. Pray for your national, state, and civic leaders, as well as the community you are in. And ask God to intervene and shutdown the anger and rioting we are seeing. Bad things followed by bad things will never lead to good things. Lord, let your love be felt in our nation today! 

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So you must submit to governing authorities, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.” (Romans 13:5 NLT)

On May 31, 2009, George Tiller, a physician from Wichita, Kansas, who was nationally known for being one of the few doctors in the United States to perform late-term abortions, was killed by Scott Roeder. This spun off a political firestorm for our nation with debates from every side. At the heart of this was a debate on Christianity.

Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin described the killer thus: “Tiller’s suspected murderer, Scott Roeder, was white, Christian, anti-government, and anti-abortion.” Yet, according to scripture, can a true Christian be anti-government? Can he really justify breaking God’s laws for a “godly” purpose?

Live according to God’s instructions, which includes obeying authorities. Righteous rebellion aside, when Paul wrote this, he was also under an ungodly government system. Obedience is on our part, not theirs. Live for a clear conscience that shows Christ’s love to a dark world! You are loved today!

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