Governing Authorities

Disclaimer: I usually don’t get political or bring politics into anything. And I don’t write this to get controversial or into arguments, but I had an overwhelming urge to write this and so, here it goes.

For all the “purported” Christians out there who repeatedly say derogatory things about the United States president, Donald Trump, I would like to point a a few things. First of all, Romans 13:1-2 (HCSB) states, “Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves.” 1 Peter 2:13 says, “Submit to every human authority because of the Lord, whether to the Emperor as the supreme authority or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good.”

That is pretty clear. Donald Trump is president because God said so. He instituted it. I am certainly not saying that we have to agree with everything the man says and does. God knows, he is not perfect, he is only a man. And, do I wish he would ‘tweet’ less? Absolutely! The only exception I see to not submitting to human authority is if we are being told to say or do something that is contrary to the commandments of God, like it says in Acts 5, “we must obey God rather than man.” From where I am sitting, this president is not asking any of us to do anything contrary to God’s word. In fact, he has done more to protect Christian freedoms and morals than any president in recent memory.

Here’s the thing, we do not have to agree with or like someone in order to pray for them. We do not have to “bash” someone or become derogatory because we don’t agree with them. We don’t have to have voted for a leader in order to show honor and respect for the position. As a matter of fact, as Christians, we are commanded to pray for each other, our enemies and brothers, and our leaders. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (HCSB) says, “First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of truth. Verse 8 says, “Therefore, I want the men of every place to pray lifting up holy hands without anger or argument.”

Maybe if we all spent less time complaining, bashing, and being negative and spent more time humbling ourselves, praying, seeking God’s face, and turning from our evil ways, God would hear us, forgive our sins, and heal our land.

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