Mondays with Marty 7/2/18

Friends,

 

Yesterday we talked about Christian citizenship in a less than perfect world.  On the one hand, God created government to be a blessing and asked us to be in subjection to it.  On the other hand, whether your lean to the right or to the left, the government is going to annoy you on a regular basis and anger you from time to time.  What's a Christian to do?  What does it mean to be in subjection?  Is it OK ever to tell Uncle Sam no?

 

Something to Ponder: Romans 13:1 tells us to be subject to the governing authorities.  When Paul wrote this, he went out of his way to avoid the three Greek words for obey.  Instead he used the word for submission or subjection.  Is there a difference?  Yes!  Obedience means I always do what I'm told.  Subjection or submission means I obey unless I'm asked to do something wrong, and then I politely and respectfully decline to obey.  I do this knowing the odds are I will be punished.  Subjection means I accept that punishment and rejoice that I have been counted worthy to suffer disgrace for the sake of Jesus' name. (Acts 5:40-42)

 

Something to Pray About:  Ask Jesus to help you know the proper limits of obedience to the government.  Ask him to show you any and all things you would have to say no to, even though it might mean getting yourself in legal trouble.

 

Something to Put into Action:  Illegal immigrants crossing our southern border are being arrested, and families are being separated.  Parents are being held in custody awaiting the outcome of their trial.  Children are being placed with foster families.  Do you support this?  If so, call your congressman and tell him .  Do you not support this?  Call your congressman and tell him that.  Either way, make your voice heard and pray for God's will to be done.

 

In Christ,

Pastor Marty