Yesterday, Anthony talked about the craziness of politics as of late.
Consider this a sequel! (Just like other sequels, a lot of people may be upset!)
My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both? -Proverbs 24:21-22, KJV
What I mean is that we have been seeing a decade of change. Leaders throughout the Western world have been calling for change based on who has been in power.
This was most clearly seen with both Barack Obama and then Donald Trump. (Did you notice that both talked about making America respectable to some group, only in different ways?)
As Anthony demonstrated, the different sides have made a habit of vilifying each other, and whoever’s side is not in power looks for any reason to change that status, especially by removal of the the big leader (in our case, the president).
Scripture shows us, though, that we should strive to help our leaders be and do the best (within God’s moral decrees, of course.)
If all you do is cry out for change and rarely if ever actually do anything, you are not helping. This is similar to what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13:1: you are like a clanging cymbal (like the neighbor who practices his drums at 3:00 AM.)
You can disagree with them. You can do things to help the situation.
But if all you do is complain about who is (or was) in power and cause further division, you are part of the problem and dishonoring God. (This a great time on the true meaning of using the Lord’s name in vain.)
Remember: 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. (Romans 13:1-2)
But we are also reminded to fear God. He is the unchanging One who has established what is right and true, and He is always in control.
September 15th, 2018 at 5:02 pm
Maybe a healthy dialogue between differing sides? And we see the wisdom each side has to offer? -Jeff
September 15th, 2018 at 5:36 pm
Absolutely. We have this tendency to simply agree with our own side so that we do not hear what the other side is saying. We assume we know what they are saying, but we may be defining terms differently or not understanding the perspective they are coming from. This is where grace and patience come in! We can get too caught up in our (all too often prideful) own perspective. I think this is one reason Paul reminded us that we were once like everyone else, so do not be quick to judge.