Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Election Day

Well, today is election day. I'm really nervous about it, because I clearly favor one of the candidates. However, as a Christian, I am reminded of what Scripture says in Romans 13. I don't pretend to understand it. But I am going to do my best to submit to the Lord regardless of who wins today.

Here is what it says: "Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves."

I read that, and just can't say that it makes a lot of sense to me. Nero. Hitler. Saddam. Stalin. Ruthless men who brought pain and suffering and hardship on their people. And God put them in those positions? That's what the Word says.

The best I can make of it is that he put those men in positions of authority, and they had free will as to what they would do with their power. But it bothers me how Christians in America act toward those politicians with whom they disagree. It just doesn't seem very Christlike. After all, Paul is writing this while living under the rule of a tyrant.

So, my prayer today is that, regardless of who wins, I will respond in a Christlike manner. Will you join me in that commitment? Blessings.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I will join you! I want our home to be overflowing with sweetness! Only encouraging words! I choose to be obedient even in the hard stuff.
Bev Ross