POLITICAL CORRECTNESS – A REPOST   Leave a comment

AUTHOR’S NOTE: THIS IS A RE-POST FROM A PREVIOUS DATE.  THIS BEING AN ELECTION YEAR, I THOUGHT IT IMPORTANT TO BRING IT OUT OF THE ARCHIVES.

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.

                                                                   Romans 13:1

Let me say from the beginning that I am not going to make this a “political” commentary on any political party as I am not schooled in the subject of, in general terms, political science. Nor will I attempt to persuade the reader to follow any political philosophy.  I say it again, I am not going to make this a “political” commentary.  I will, however, try to briefly show that it is our responsibility as Christian-American citizens to honor the offices of the leaders chosen to guide our country.

GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE

Let me give you a brief example.  Suppose someone is sitting on an airplane waiting for departure and through the door walks their archenemy.  Someone for whom they have absolutely no use.  Not only is he boarding the plane, but they notice on his shoulders four gold stripes.  Their archenemy is the pilot of the plane!  What would you think they should do at this point?  Wish him ill and hope he crashes the plane, or pray for him to pilot the plane safely to its destination?  Remember, he is their eternal nemesis.  If they were smart, and a Christian, they would choose the latter.

I once heard of someone who wished that a newly elected president whom they vehemently disliked would fail in office.  Much like the pilot of the plane, the president of the country bears tremendous responsibility.  Therefore it is our responsibility as citizens to not only accept the decisions made in governmental elections, but to pray for those duly elected.  In Romans 13:1-7, the apostle Paul tells us that we should 1.) obey the government for it is God who has put it there, 2.) obey duly appointed/elected officials and 3.) pay taxes because they are used to run the government appointed by God, and pay the officials in charge of running that government.  In other words, be obedient to God who has established the government.

BE DISOBEDIENT?

Does that mean we are to obey laws and officials even though they are corrupt and sinful and require us as citizens to go against God’s laws.  I don’t think so for that would be a sin and God cannot look upon sin, especially if He has ordained the political structure and those entrusted to run it.

Living in a democracy as we do in this country, it is our job to honor the office of elected officials, not necessarily the man/woman elected to that office.  And, we are fortunate enough to live in a country where, if we desire, we can have corrupt officials removed from office via peaceful means whether it be by voting them out of office, or removal from office via due process.  Wishing them “ill will” is not only childish, but it is unChristian.

GO AHEAD, SPEAK YOUR MIND

So the next time you feel that the government should be openly criticized, go ahead and do it.  Our constitution gives you that right.  Someone once said “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”*  I believe that this statement fully expresses the spirit of United States constitution.  However, as Christians, we are called upon to support our elected officials regardless of their party affiliation and I believe that includes praying for them to succeed in the execution of their official duties.  After all, if they fail, the government fails and we as citizens are the losers.

So the next time you go to the polls to vote and your candidate does not win, no matter how popular or able you believe them to be, it is your responsibility to support the winning candidate.  That means praying for them to succeed once sworn in.  In this way you will not only be honoring the political office, but more importantly you will be honoring God who has established that office.

Matt. 22: 20-22

Rom. 13:1-7

1 Tim. 2:1-4

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*Author’s Note: There is some question about who originally made this comment.  Some say the French philosopher Voltaire, others say the English author Evelyn Beatrice Hall writing under the pseudonym S. G. Tallentyre.  SOURCE: www.wikipedia.com

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J. Boudreaux

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