June 8, 2021

God’s Gift of our Government

Romans 13:1

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

               It is very impressing to read and study the early American history of the lives and events that shaped and formed our country.  There was such a great level of faith and commitment in the men and women that took part in helping us to become an independent nation.  The very fact that we gained our freedom from England who might have been considered the greatest military strength and power of the world at that time is a miracle in itself.  It doesn’t take a genius to see the hand of God as this nation was formed and birthed to be a free nation under God.  I believe it was the acknowledgement, trust and faith in God that gave us this great nation.  It was more than that, it was the willingness to take action and stand on principle and conviction.  It was the willingness to put your life on the line for what you believed.

               In God’s word it commands men to be subject to their governments as ordained of God.  We are unique in that we are the government and we have each one been blessed to have a say in our government, the policies and values that our nation projects.  If our nation is immoral or is going in a wrong direction whom do we have to blame but ourselves.  We are the ones who place in office the values that we hold and feel are important to our daily lives. 

               I used to not believe in voting.  After all, God was sovereign and He would place in high places whom He would right?  The thing I have come to learn about God is that He has chosen to work in concert with man.  He will empower and help him if he will trust God, but He won’t take all of the responsibility away from us.  If I set on my couch and refuse to work, but I am spiritual so I’ll just pray that God is my provider and will supply all my needs.  While the theory is true in part, the other part the Word teaches is that if a man doesn’t work he shouldn’t eat and a man that doesn’t provide for his household is worse than an infidel and unbeliever.  The principles of God’s word say I need to be stepping out in faith and action and in turn the Lord will be my help.  We have that same mandate and responsibility as Christians to represent godly values through the leaders that we elect into office.  If no one ever told others about Christ how would they come to know him?  Just as we must be a witness for Christ through our sharing and the way we live our life, we must be the ones that speak our voice and our values through our God given vote.  Many a man and woman has risked or given their lives that we might have that privilege and freedom.  We are an insult to their sacrifice if we fail to exercise it.  God has given us a responsibility in the election process.  While He does sit upon the throne, we are the instruments of His hand to perform and work righteousness in the earth.  I have come to believe that by neglecting my responsibility as an American citizen to vote I am neglect a responsibility and a stewardship that the Lord has given me.  Do your part in making a difference in the moral fiber and direction of our country by voting your values and convictions.  It is your God given right and responsibility.

               All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)



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