Article VI, Paragraph III of the U. S. Constitution says in the last sentence – but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States. Continue reading
The apostle Paul lived in pagan times. The ruling government was Rome. The emperor often thought of himself as a god.
Idol worship was prevalent. And it wasn’t long before Jews were exiled from Rome and Christian’s were persecuted.
It was the worst of times.
And yet the Apostle wrote this to the church at Rome;
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Rom 13:1-3
I try not to get political in the pulpit or on social media. For me, politics will never save anyone. You cannot legislate morality or salvation.
Do I agree with everything the President does? I have never agreed with everything any president has done and I’ve been voting since 1976.
Even president’s that made a claim of being Christian did things I did not agree with.
The Bible makes it clear the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
I believe we often get what we deserve. Sometimes we get a good, decent, God-fearing ruler and sometimes we get a disgrace.
Most of the time we get someone who will just go with the status-quo of the Washington political scene.
Should you vote? Yes!
Should you protest wrongs done by governing officials? Absolutely!
Should you continually bad mouth, rundown, and curse governing officials? Absolutely not!
You curse that which God has ordained.
So what should your response be to a president that does what is wrong, immoral, or unconstitutional?
Voice your protest if you wish too – you have that right in the USA!
I once wrote President Carter a letter over something he said which I thought was inappropriate for a born-again Christian. Did I rebuke him? Yes, in a pleasant way for his reclamation.
It’s okay to write, protest, and even rebuke.
But pray for the president!
Pray for the Congress and Senate.
Pray for the Justice’s.
Pray! It does change things!
Abba, I pray for President Obama today. Though I may never talk to him, I pray that someone that is Spirit-filled will be able to speak with him and his family about You. In Jesus name, YES&AMEN
Around 70 miles south of where I live is a town that very few have heard of – that is until this past week.
Kountze is like many other small Texas towns; they have a high school, they play football, and they support the team.
And like many other small Texas towns, God, church, and family are an important part of daily life. Continue reading