Friday, May 07, 2010

The State of the Union

“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.” Romans 13:1

This is what the word of God says about government and our responsibility. Obviously that's not what some people want to hear. You can choose to accept it or reject it. As a Christian, I've been called to witness for Christ, not challenge authority.

Look at the big picture. Christians started most hospitals and many universities. Until about 1960 Christians cared for the poor and the needy as Jesus commanded. When Christians abdicated their responsibility the government stepped in and began welfare. We stood idly by and allowed the schools to kick God out and ten years later the Supreme Court decided it's legal to abort babies. Now the government steps in to insure the uninsured and Christians want to revolt. The blame lies with God's people for not caring for "the least of these."

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

Right now I'm studying in Genesis and 2 Chronicles. We can look back in hindsight and see how God orchestrated things to get the people of Israel where He wanted them to be. God put Joseph in a position of power so that his family would survive by moving to Egypt. God allowed them to be enslaved for 430 years so that they would separate themselves from pagans and return to worship only Him. (Before their enslavement in Egypt, the Israelites were marrying pagans and practicing idolatry).

In the books of Kings and Chronicles we see good kings and bad kings. After the days of Solomon, kings and the people became so evil and idolatrous that God allowed the Babylonians to conquer and capture Israel in 586 BC. Once again God allowed enslavement of His people to bring them back to the One True God.

God has prophesied what is going to happen in the end times. He is in control of the situation in the world and in the United States. And just like in the Old Testament, sometimes God allows certain leaders to come to power to bring His people back to repentance and to set the stage for the end time scenario. He calls us to humble ourselves, pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. He promises to hear from heaven, forgive our sin and heal our land.

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

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