Putting Honor in its Proper Perspective
In this past Sunday’s sermon we spoke about the Biblical perspective on honoring leaders. This may have been a difficult part of the message to listen to, in that we now live in a society where our government leaders openly oppose the Biblical principles this great nation was founded upon. In fact, our President, Barak Obama, stated in a public address that the United States of America is “no longer a Christian nation.” Indeed, he seems to have much more regard for Muslims than he does Christians and the Constitution.
Having said that, Barak Obama is not really our problem. The Senate is not really our problem. Our Government is only as good as the people who elect them. The state of our Government is merely a reflection of that state of the people of our nation.
The sad fact is that America deserves the Government that now rules over us. We put them there. We knew full well what and who we were putting in the White House when we elected Barak Obama. We knew all about his associations, his past, his upbringing, his convictions, and his religious devotions.
And we elected him anyway.
People who moan and complain and rage against President Obama are missing the point. Their energies are misplaced. Barak Obama is a symptom of the disease, not the disease itself. The disease lies in the hearts of the people of a nation who have forsaken God, the Bible, and the principles upon which this nation was built. And we seem to prefer leaders who have forsaken God as well.
As the leader of this Country, our Biblical duty is to honor the President (1 Peter 2:17) and pray for him, even if we don’t agree with his policies. And perhaps I should add, ESPECIALLY if we don’t agree with his policies.
I am, of course, not saying that we should not stand up for righteousness. But I am saddened by the way people do it. I’m saddened by the hate-filled diatribes by people who call themselves Christians. I’m shocked at the venomous picketers who use Bible verses to justify their hate.
What this Country needs is less complainers and more pray-ers. Less picketers and more repenters. Less arm-chair politicians and more people who truly get involved in a positive way with their energies. Instead of using their Facebook pages to spew poison, why don’t they actually get involved and do something to make a change?
“When My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14
Did you see something glaring in that verse? It says, when MY PEOPLE will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways. It didn’t say when filthy left wing commies turn from their wicked ways. The responsibility lies at the feet of the Church. This Country is in the shape it’s in partly because of the passiveness of the Church. We are uninvolved complainers instead of involved people of prayer and action.
And we have the government to show for it.
Here is our mandate:
“1 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. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior…” -1 Timothy 2:1-3