These are historic times in the United States as the US Senate prepares to hear President Trump’s defense. Tension is rising on both sides of the political spectrum and tempers are flaring. As a Christian, you are to support politicians as you feel the Holy Spirit leading you. Also, as a Christian, you are not to judge other Christians who think or vote differently than you. Why? Because God is sovereign and those in power are there because he has ordained it to complete His purpose for His glory. You cannot say another Christian is wrong just because he disagrees with your Spirit-led convictions. Perhaps the Spirit is leading him to vote differently so God can bring about his sovereign plan in the matter. The Apostle Paul says “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1) So, whether you agree or disagree with our current leaders, realize they are there because God has a plan and has brought them into power to fulfill His purpose in that plan.
So, if God has a plan, what should you do about it as a Christian? How should you act? The Apostle Peter answers that question well. He says, “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” (1 Peter 2:13-17) The leaders and emperors were terrible at best during Peter’s times (think Nero). Yet, Peter says to be subject to their authority. It is implied that your subjection is only if it does not conflict with God’s authority and His word (think Daniel….and the lions’ den). In summation, Peter says you are to (1) Live free…in Christ (2) Honor everyone….even the emperor (3) Love the brotherhood…other believers, and (4) Fear God. Do not fall into the trap of wringing your hands anxiously and worrying about the current political climate. God certainly is not! Just remember, as a believer, you are to live free, honor everyone, love others, and fear God. Also remember: People are watching you. When they see your biblical response to what is going on in our political world, God will be honored because it shows you trust in a sovereign God! To Him be all glory! #hpfoflamar