Jan22SunJanuary 22, 2017
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” I Tim 2:3
On Friday, January 20, 2017, the Nation’s 45th President, Donald J. Trump, and Vice-President, Michael R. Pence, were sworn into office. It is our duty as believers as well as citizens of this Nation to submit to their authority and to pray for them as they lead our Nation over these next four years.
No doubt, the polarization of partisan politics has reached and influenced even the borders and boundaries of the Church just as they have our Nation. However, the Church that prays has as its guide and rule: “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” The Word of God teaches us that we are to follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord (Heb 12:14). In a Republic, elected individuals representing the citizen body are given the power to govern them according to the rule of law – they themselves being subject to the rule of law as well. As a Democracy, the Government’s power rest with the people who are governed: a Government of the people, by the people and for the people.
When government ceases to function in a manner that benefits the whole of the people it represents, it is time to change the government. We are so blessed to be raised in such a Nation. Our Nation is the envy of the world not because of its great leaders but because of the effects of the wisdom by which we are governed. That wisdom is laced within our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. That wisdom was found in the lives of the framers of our founding Documents. That wisdom is found in our Judeo-Christian values. That wisdom is hidden in Christ in God. Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord (Ps 33:12).
“For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” Pro 2:6