Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Concerning the Election

I was about to make a post and then discovered that my father-in-law had beat me to it.  He said what I was thinking better than I would have.

Just a few points/comments:
Romans 13:1-7
Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

1 Peter 2:13-16
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.

And just as a special note, these things were written during a time when the predominant government was cruel, had murderers and thieves helping to enforce the law of the land, taxed its subjects to the point that many could barely feed their families, and many other atrocities we're not even close to having to deal with.

If you're not happy with the outcome that doesn't give you an excuse to have a bad attitude. Watch your conduct.

Don't be focused on what you're against as much as you should be focused on what you're for. . .and hopefully those things you are for are a reflection of Christ.

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