The Sunday Message

I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. – Will Rogers

The Federal Government of the United States of America shutdown began at 12:00 AM EST on January 20, 2018.

No matter which side you take on this latest shutdown, or if you stay in the middle, this is a serious problem. Who knows how long it will last, but the blame game will go on for a long time.

I can remember back when the different sides in Congress worked out their differences. I can also remember when they were much nicer to each other and just because you were from a different party, you could work together for the good of the USA.

I think we’ve lost our way.

In Romans 13:1 it says:

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

We need to pray for those in authority. We need to pray that those in authority make Godly decisions for our country. We need to pray that they put their country before politics.

Amen!

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This week I happened to catch an article in USA Today titled, “How Trump is highlighting divisions among Southern Baptists” and thought it was interesting. You can read it HERE.

The report says that the Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. so they have some clout on issues.

One question that was asked was “Should a presidential candidate’s party affiliation or political views trump flaws in his or her moral character?”

I think some of Donald Trump’s past actions made Christians hold their noses when voting for him.

Many people vote for a person depending on the “R” or the “D” after their name on the ballot. I’ve even heard some people say there’s no way that a Democrat can be a Christian, which is silly and shows how close-minded people can be.

I think the root of the problem is churches getting involved in politics. I think they should support and pray for the best candidate to win and when a person wins they should support and pray for him/her.

If you really think about it, isn’t God in control anyway?

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. – Romans 13:1(NIV)

 

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I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)

This campaign season will come to an end Tuesday night when we will find out who our nation elected to be our next President of the United States of America. I always get so excited around Election Day – it’s like watching the Super Bowl or a game seven to me!

No matter who wins we need to pray for that person every day. We also need to pray that we will have a peaceful transition of power in Washington, D.C.

Please pray for all the elected officials in your state. It seems to me that in the last decade or so politics in the United States has gotten nastier and more personal. I always have a sad feeling for the children of elected officials or candidates when their parent is being attacked through commercials on television. I’ve worked in the political arena and now just write about it. It’s not fun to tell your children that if they see daddy or mommy’s name on TV, not to worry about it, and that “Daddy/mommy is not bad and he/she still loves you!”

We also need to express our thanks to all the people who decided to run for public office. That’s what makes our country so great. It’s a big step to put your name out there and to take a stand.

Please make sure you vote this Tuesday. If you need voting or registration information and live in Montana, click HERE. If you live in another state, click HERE.

Remember this – God is in control.

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.Romans 13:1 (NIV)

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Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9 (NIV)

In our country we have gone through a period where several law enforcement people were killed or injured in the line of duty. It seems evil has taken a foothold in the form of terrorism or when people shoot and kill police officers. It seems we may have forgotten that the police represent authority in our country. They may not always do their jobs perfectly, but we must obey them.

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.Romans 13:1 (NIV)

It can never be “OK” in this country to harm police officers – it cannot become normal.

Every police officer who is responding to a call has someone who loves them and is waiting for them at home.

Many years ago, my daughter attended a daycare at a church. No matter what they were doing, when they would hear a siren they would pause for a few minutes to pray for the first responders and for the people they were going to help.

The funny thing is that the church was not far from a fire department, so they prayed a lot!

The next time you hear a siren, please take a moment to pray for the safety of the first responders and for those who need their help.

Have a great week!

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Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.Romans 13:1 (NIV)

It probably causes deep pain and discomfort to some folks who read Romans 13:1. Some people interpret Romans 13:1 as saying that anyone who is in authority has been basically appointed to that position by God.

I guess that passage causes misery to those who dislike Barack Obama, or to those who dislike George W. Bush.

I can already hear some holier-than-thou people saying, “My God would not allow XXXX to be President.”

Relax folks. God is in control.

We may not understand what God does right now, but I believe we will.

Although we may not understand all of what God does, one has to believe that with some people who have been placed in authority, God does have a great sense of humor…

 

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My country tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty…
“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” (“America”)
by Samuel Francis Smith

“Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.” – Hebrews 13:17 (NIV)

With the Federal Government shutdown in full swing, people are divided about who is to blame. As a blogger and freelance writer, I give my opinion and offer commentary about situations like this almost every day – and I have been busy during this shutdown.

Sadly, there’s a lot of hatred being spewed from both sides.

It’s always been hard for me to understand the verse from Romans 13:1 “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

Many times I have said, “No, I don’t want to be subject to this person or that person in authority, AND I don’t want to submit to them” (I need to work on this).

It’s also easy to say, “I respect the office but not the person occupying it.” In my opinion, the verses in Hebrews and Romans are not referring to the office, but to the “leaders” (people) currently occupying the office.  (more…)

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