Like it, or Not

 The U.S. election is over, and hopefully the wounds of  the disappointed are healing.  Understandably, there are a lot of reasons to dislike or distrust government.  Many of those reasons stem from the disingenuous nature of those who want our votes. Many of those reasons stems from deep-rooted spiritual and moral foundations.

Whatever the reasons, we ALL have a responsibility to the current government, whether we like it or not; and that is to respect those in office. Respecting someone doesn’t mean we like them, or even agree with them.  Respect says that despite differing opinions, views, lifestyles, choices…we are all worthy of  kindness, fairness, and civility.  If you are a Believer, still seething from the results of last week’s election, remember what  the Word of God says about how we interact with government. There is no mandate for specific political parties. It is one Word, for ALL of us;

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.  Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.  For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.  For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good.  But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.  Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.  This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.  Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” Romans 13:1-7

Regardless of where you stand politically – never forget that you will reap what you sow. If what you speak and sow into the lives of other people, is harsh judgment, ridicule, reckless conversation, and disregard, don’t be surprised when those things come back to you.

Speak kindly and honorably. Yes, the country still stands in the need of prayer, so pray. We don’t need prayer because you don’t like the President. We need prayer because the people of this country got out of control long before this President was elected for his first term. The people upset the apple cart, and let the fruits of the Spirit roll away (love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23).  We need prayer for the people of this country, and that still includes the President.  Use your words toward the government for prayer, not persecution.

May God bless you, and continue to bless the United States of America!