Post Election Thoughts

Nothing can turn a calm get-together into a heated debate, or friends and family against each other faster that the topic of politics. And for the last year, that is exactly what has been happening! This past presidential election cycle has been one of the most - if not the most - polarizing ever in the United States. But we can now, finally, say that it is behind us. Congratulations President-Elect Donald Trump!

The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, Inc. is not a political organization. We are a Christian outreach ministry, encouraging everyone to study and meditate on the scriptures before coming to their own political decisions. We never seek to tell anyone how they should vote. But now that the election is over, we would like to draw your attention to the following verses:

Then [Jesus] said to them, “Then pay to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matt. 22:21b, AMP) When questioned about the secular government, Jesus’ response was to respect the government; pay them their due for their part in our lives. Whether we like it or not, the government plays an active and important role in all of our lives everyday.

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. (Romans 13:1-3, AMP) Every government institution is put in place by the Lord. We may not understand why. A government may seem to be against Christ and those that follow Him. Yet the Lord has a purpose for that government, a purpose we may not understand. Have faith in the Lord and trust in Him.

Submit yourselves to [the authority of] every human institution for the sake of the Lord [to honor His name], whether it is to a king as one in a position of power, or to governors as sent by him to bring punishment to those who do wrong, and to praise and encourage those who do right. For it is the will of God that by doing right you may silence (muzzle, gag) the [culpable] ignorance and irresponsible criticisms of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover or pretext for evil, but [use it and live] as bond-servants of God. Show respect for all people [treat them honorably], love the brotherhood [of believers], fear God, honor the king. (1 Peter 2:13-17, AMP) As followers of Christ, we should want to honor the Lord with all our actions. The governments and those elected officials in the government, are to be respected for their positions and the laws established are to be followed. By respecting the politicians and following the law, we are honoring and bringing glory to Christ.

First of all, then, I urge that petitions (specific requests), prayers, intercessions (prayers for others) and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all people, for kings and all who are in [positions of] high authority, so that we may live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. (1 Timothy 2:1-2, AMP) Finally, but by no means least important, PRAY! Throughout this past year, we have become a severely divided nation. Pray for our elected officials. Pray for their health. Pray for wisdom and unity as they work to come together. Pray for our nation. Pray for whatever is on your heart.

 

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