I've been asked what my advice is about this situation in Washington, and the election results. Scripture teaches us the following, concerning our governments, and rulers:
Submission to Authority
1Pe 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
1Pe 2:14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
1Pe 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
1Pe 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
1Pe 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
Only in instances when we are told to do something obviously against God's laws-are we to disobey.
Our daily life and conduct should openly refute slanders from our enemies.
In the book of Acts, ch. 17 Christians were accused of being seditious because they rejected the heathen gods-the best way to answer charges like these was to live them down-it is the same for us today.
Further instruction on this is found in 1Timothy:
1Ti 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
1Ti 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
1Ti 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
Let's break this down:
When we come to Jesus, we are to show proper submission to the government.
Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men; as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
a. Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man: As Christians, we should be good citizens, submitting to government. This was very different groups of zealous Jews in that day who recognized no king but God and paid taxes to no one but God.
b. We do this for the Lord’s sake. Since governments have a rightful authority from God, we are bound to obey them - unless, of course, they order us to do something in contradiction to God’s law. Then, we are commanded to obey God before man (Act_4:19).
i. Peter wrote this in the days of the Roman Empire, which was no democracy, and no special friend to Christians. Yet he still recognizes the legitimate authority of the Roman government.
c. As to those who are sent by him: Peter also insists that governors are sent by him, that is, sent by God. Governments are sent by God for the punishment of evildoers and for the recognition of those who do good.
i. God uses governing authorities as a check upon man’s sinful desires and tendencies. Governments are a useful tool in resisting the effects of man’s fallen nature.
ii. The greatest offense government can make is to fail to punish evildoers, or to reward evildoers through corruption.
d. That by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: Peter knows that our conduct is a way to defend the gospel. He knows that those who never read the Bible will read our lives, so it is by doing good that we put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
e. Yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God: We are warned against taking the liberty we have in Jesus as an excuse for sin. Instead, we use our liberty in Jesus to show the kind of love and respect that Peter calls for.
I've posted links to President Trumps concession speech here again-please read it and listen to him carefully. He is very careful how he speaks, and the words he chooses. He clearly states there will be a peaceful transition of power-please read the definition of transition below. He also made reference to his term in office in the past tense-this is important. He is telling us we need to accept this transition peacefully, and move on. His demeanor was calm, resolute, and stable-let's stand behind him with the same dignity-and not dishonor his last days, nor this nation.
Thank you Mr. Trump, for your service to this country-and the sacrifices you made in the years of your term. May God bless you, your family, and may God restore this country to what it was when our founding father's birthed it. If not, may God's people stand strong, and endure until Jesus comes.
A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP-
Donald Trump: ‘There Will Be an Orderly Transition on January 20th’-
Definition of transition
1a: passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another : CHANGE
b: a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another
example: We want to have a smooth transition when the new owners take control of the company.
I hope this country will rise to the level of people God would have us be-and submit to the authorities, whether we agree with them or not. Changes can be made, we can learn from this, and do it in a manner that honors our president, and the Lord.
Mat 22:21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.
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No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me,
saith the LORD.
is born of God overcometh the world: and this is
the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Who is he that overcometh the world,
but he that believeth
that Jesus is the
Son of God?
But they that wait
upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
The Whole Armor
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all,
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
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