So, what now?

Pray

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

Respect/Honor

“Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” (1 Peter 2:17)

“Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.” (Acts 23:5)

Submit

“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good…” (Titus 3:1)

“Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.” (Romans 13:5)

Even if your guy didn’t win!

Some of the Kings/Emperors when these words were written. (context)

Caligula

  • Demanded to be Worshipped as God
  • Confiscated property and used extortion to refill the treasury that he had wasted living his lifestyle

Nero

  • Killed his mother
  • Used the treasury to build a huge palace and 120 foot statue of self
  • Blamed Christians for the fire in Rome, killed many

I believe that respecting and honoring will be the most difficult for some.  We have already shown a propensity to let down our moral guard and participate in slander, mockery, joking, etc. about our opponents, and seem to easily justify sin.  But we are Biblicaly commanded to honor and respect those in authority.  That should affect the things we watch on TV, the emails that we forward, the jokes that we tell.  Sadly, it doesn’t and won’t for some disciples of Jesus.

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14 thoughts on “So, what now?

  1. JP

    We were commanded to honor and respect our leaders, at a time when Democracy wasn’t even a notion and abortion wasn’t a lifestyle. So I’m going to pray for guidance about how to behave today. I will always speak for the unborn. Thank You very much.

  2. Nice work! I agree wholeheartedly. I didn’t vote for Obama, but I will NOT be among those who show disrespect or even regret for his election.

  3. motorcyclegrandmalinda

    Great post…..we will never agree 100% with everyone, but we are called to get along with everyone in as much as it is possible. Praying for others is one way to do that. Thank you for encouraging us all. Leadership is a tough role and no matter who is called to do it in what ever spot they have many difficulties to overcome. We need to realize that they need all of the support and prayers we can offer on their behalf….after all they are trying to help us as they dotheir job and God is still in control!!!

  4. Don

    Does that include “parody”, “humor”, “just joking” and “just for fun”? And are we (including you) going to refrain from such matters of frivolity even when it comes to the Lord’s church or is that not as important as a presidential election?

    Just wondering.

  5. Mordecai “six-fingered” Scott

    Just gonna ignore me ‘eh?
    Well, I recon that’s a fairly near alrighty response from a “got friends on both sides and I always agree with my friends” kinda fella.

    Mordecai

  6. First off I want to say “yes we can” and yes I did. I voted for Obama.
    Secondly I would like to know where you people went to school, and what were you taught in government.

    “Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.” (Acts 23:5)

    Government by the people, of the people, for the people.
    we hired a different man to clean up the mess left by the man we hired last time, we did not anoint a king, or high priest, we hired a worker, and if he don’t do what he was hired to do, we will replace him in four years. calm down.

  7. Civics is the study of citizenship and government with particular attention given to the role of citizens― as opposed to external factors― in the operation and oversight of government.
    We not only have the privilege, to speak out against things we disagree with, but it is our responsibility. I don’t believe any American should be silenced , but wait until we have something to speak out about. give the guy a chance.

  8. Brian

    sorry, don, out of town with limited internet access

    my only response is 1 Cor 5:9ff

    judge those inside the church, not those outside

    (my paraphrase)

  9. Don

    So you understand 1 Cor 9… to authorize you to ridicule the body of Christ, as in your parody? But Obama is off limits?

    How does Luke 13.31ff and Mark 6.17-18 and Luke 3.7,19 fit into this?

  10. since I realize that satire isn’t the best teaching tool, although it is soooo fun, i will clarify my sillines for you and others who might have misunderstand. and before i get fired for things i don’t believe

    if I had done the same type of thing about obama, rick atchley, or any number of denominational people, you would have enjoyed it, right?

    i like to apply the beam and speck stuff collectively, as well as individually.
    that’s why i like to pick on traditions and perspectives from churches of Christ.

  11. Brian

    don, you forgot Acts 4:19
    I am not opposed to speaking out against leaders, calling out sin, i am not against voting (even though I sat this one out)

    when many people assume (not necessarily you, don) one who doesn’t vote or get involved in the political process is passive and isolated, that reveals a perception that those ways are the best, strongest, only ways to change the world, get involved, etc.

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