We live in a divided nation---and still both sides--I assume---love this great nation. Today as I finished Romans--I was struck by God's instructions to us concerning the government. Many do not like our current leadership---but God does not give His instructions for only leaders we are in agreement with. The instructions are for all ---respect is needed for the office. Our all powerful God allowed the current administration to be in office--perhaps to shake us awake to where our great nation is headed. The wonderful thing about a democracy---you have the right to voice your opinion--in a respectful manner. No good is done by venting on Facebook or to the commentators on the media---Only hard work will change the course we seem to be on---hard work and constant prayer. A return to the principles this country was founded under will not happen unless we grab hold of the bar--put out our feet and stop the free fall.
I do not often get on a political soapbox---I stay on my religious soapbox most of the time---but today with the celebration of the birth of our nation tomorrow--it seems important to remind all of us what God has to say in His Word--
"Be a good citizen.
ALL governments are under God.
Insofar as there is peace and order; it is God's order.
So live responsibly as a citizen.
If you're irresponsible to the state, then you're irresponsible with God;
and God will hold you responsible.
Duly constituted authorities are only a threat
if they are trying to get by with something.
Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.
Do you want to be on good terms with the government?
Be a responsible citizen, and you'll get on just fine,
the government working to your advantage.
But if you're breaking the rules right and left, watch out.
The police are not there just be be admired in their uniforms.
God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it.
That's why you must live responsibly-
not just to avoid punishment,but also because that's the right way to live.
That's also why you pay taxes-so that an orderly way of life can be maintained.
Fulfill your obligations as a citizen.
Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect you leaders."