Our nation is more deeply divided than it has been since the Civil War. Some say another one is on the way. It is not the fault of any one person or group of people no matter what you hear on the news. It is a sign of the times and the result of years of our nation moving further from God.
There are many issues which divide us but have led us to the brink: abortion (leading cause of death in the world at 42 million); education (it’s role in teaching our children evolution and sex activities/orientations); money appropriations (funding for organizations which foster abortion and waste taxpayer money); urban homelessness and the lack of any intervention to correct it; the attempt to override the second amendment by government; mass illegal immigration (basically invasion of the country); racism among all races – the barb of choice now (how often do you hear that word being directed at people of an opposite color?); sexual confusion (gender identity, pedophilia, homosexuality in all its forms and degrees); rampant fornication and divorce; covetousness (materialism and worldliness); atheism; underhanded politicians; treasonous, slanderous, malicious, profanity-laced rants against elected officials…to name a few. These are forcing us to choose sides and the rhetoric is becoming insanely threatening and violent.
Many of those issues are “works of the flesh” and engagement in any of them will bring God’s judgment upon an individual (Galatians 5:19-21) but will certainly doom a nation which practices them wholesale. God took out Assyria, Babylon, Israel, Judah, and Rome on account of the national sins. What makes anyone think He will allow it all to continue and dominate in America unimpeded?
Our beloved nation has reached the “tipping point” in its rebellion against God. There are those who are trying to “right the ship” but there are many who are intent on sinking her with their sinful behavior and way of life. They do so ignorantly. Yet there are Christians who want to partake of this as well, who want to contribute some part to the overall mess of things. Some of them are the worst offenders and sinners.
We may not be able to forestall national judgment due to pervasive sin, but here is what the Holy Spirit tells Christians to do concerning our behavior and attitude toward government:
“I urge, then, FIRST OF ALL, that PETITIONS, PRAYERS, INTERCESSION and THANKSGIVING be made for all people – for KINGS and ALL THOSE IN AUTHORITY, that we may live PEACEFUL and QUIET LIVES in all GODLINESS and HOLINESS. This is GOOD and PLEASES God our Savior, who wants ALL PEOPLE to be SAVED and come to a KNOWLEDGE of the TRUTH” (1 Timothy 5:4, Caps are mine – DM).
Are you and I praying and interceding (asking for mercy for the sins of others) for our elected leaders? Are we giving thanks for them? Are we pleasing God by doing this or are we engaged in the EXACT OPPOSITE, by willfully, verbally and otherwise publicly undermining them?? If that is true of us, then we must repent of it and cease immediately or risk continuing to practice sin and earn divine judgment for it.
Don’t believe me? Maybe you will believe what Paul said, also by inspiration:
“Let everyone be SUBJECT 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, whoever REBELS AGAINST THE AUTHORITY is REBELLING AGAINST WHAT GOD HAS INSTITUTED, and those who do so WILL BRING JUDGMENT ON THEMSELVES…This is also why you pay taxes, FOR THE AUTHORITIES ARE GOD’S SERVANTS, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes, if revenue, then revenue, IF RESPECT THEN RESPECT; if HONOR THEN HONOR” (Romans 13:1-2, 6-7, Caps mine – DM).
Don’t give me the “He’s not my president because he’s so nasty” rot – the emperor Nero was ruling in Rome at the time of this writing and Paul commanded Christians to HONOR him as God’s representative. Research “Nero” if you don’t know what kind of man he was. He likely had Paul beheaded. No president I know of has advocated killing Christians – at least not yet.
Christians, therefore, have a clear choice: we can participate and engage in the incivility of the pagans and pseudo Christians around us against people, especially elected leaders, we dislike, or we can pray for them and invoke God’s help to them and our nation. We cannot do both at the same time. Feel free to dislike policies of elected officials; there are some policies that must be opposed of course, but joining in the uncivil discord against authorities is out. So says God, like it or not.