Breaking with custom, this weeks scripture reading for meditation, prayer, and reflection does not come from our weekly scripture readings; it is a topical lesson on government and Christian responsibility. Our scripture reading for meditation, prayer, and reflection is Romans 13:1-7, and is taken from the Amplified Bible’s rendition of the Holy Scripture.
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God [granted by His permission and sanction], and those which exist have been put in place by God. Therefore whoever resists [governmental] authority resists the ordinance of God. And those who have resisted it will bring judgment (civil penalty) on themselves. For [civil] authorities are not a source of fear for [people of] good behavior, but for [those who do] evil. Do you want to be unafraid of authority? Do what is good and you will receive approval and commendation. For he is God’s servant to you for good. But if you do wrong, [you should] be afraid; for he does not carry the [executioner’s] sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an avenger who brings punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be subject [to civil authorities], not only to escape the punishment [that comes with wrongdoing], but also as a matter of principle [knowing what is right before God]. For this same reason you pay taxes, for civil authorities are God’s servants, devoting themselves to governance. Pay to all what is due: tax to whom tax is due, customs to whom customs, respect to whom respect, honor to whom honor. (Romand 13:1-7, AMP)
The breaking of custom is the direct result of the pointless rhetoric and criminal actions which transpired prior to and on inauguration day in Washington, D.C. by some claiming to be protesters. Violence against innocent people and destruction of private property is not a protest - it is criminal action. The Bible makes it clear that the only people who need fear the government are those who engage in bad behavior. Unlike many countries in the world, citizens of the United States of America, have the right to protest against the government: provided it is done in a lawful manner. It is apparent that the criminal actions taken by those claiming to be protestors is nothing more than an attempt to intimidate and silence those who spoke clearly on November 8, 2016, by attempting to suppress their right to lawfully express their views in a form of protest that has serviced this country well for over 200 years: the ballot. The ballot allows all citizens of the United States the right to express their satisfaction or dissatisfaction with government by casting a vote to continue on the same course or, as in 2016 Presidential election, seek a new direction. This, my Christian friends, is government sponsored protest.
A new President and Congress has taken charge. We at The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, Inc. encourage you to take some time this week to carefully study Romans 13:1-7, pray over it, seek a pure understanding of it from God, and reflect over your relationship with your Government in light of God’s instruction to all Christians.
Final thought is to pray daily for God’s direction and guidance for all elected officials throughout our nation and the world. Special prayer for our 45th President, Donald J. Trump, that he will be wise enough to seek God’s guidance to lead our county, The United States of America.