At Genuine Safe Haven Ministries, we aim to answer real questions with real life answers. Sometimes, these questions might be difficult to discuss, or may cause some controversy amongst believers. However, we strive to bring you the best content based not on feelings, but instead on what is written in God’s word.
In this post, I’d like to address a concern which causes a lot of people to head down a worldly dangerous path.
I see all the time on the news, on social media, hearing people publicly speak, etcetera, saying how bad our government is right now. I can’t deny that our government is in a rough place right now. Further, this current pandemic we are facing with Covid19 certainly is not helping matters.
All this said, I am constantly seeing/hearing comments which are directed towards certain political parties, or worse, certain people in the political field.
I’m not hear to repeat things which I have heard verbatim word by word, as that is not only irrelevant to this topic at hand, some of the things said are extremely inappropriate!
Before we go any further, here are a few questions you may be asking:
- So, Chris, are you a republican, or do you instead support the democratic party?
- Do you think Donald J Trump is doing a disservice to our country and us citizens?
- Are you glad that people are speaking out about the heinous things which were both said and done by the Clintons?
Let me just be up front with all readers. These are questions which I do not feel at all comfortable answering, and therefore, I won’t so directly. However even if I did so, that isn’t the point, if I had to be completely blunt.
Let’s look at what the scriptures say about this. In Romans chapter 13 verse 1, we are told, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God And those in position of authority have been placed there by God.
Now that said, you might be thinking, “Goodness! All authority is from God? So, are you telling me, Chris, that these countries who are under dictatorships or comunism trying to put their authority on citizens is from God?” Whooo! Good! question! I’m glad that you not only saw this, but also asked this question, as it definitely is one which people can get very confused about based on the previous verse mentioned. I therefore offer to you the following verse to further explain:
The verse can be found in the book of Jude. Jude chapter 1, verse 8. “In the same way, these people, who claim authority from their dreams live immoral lives, defy authority, and scoff at supernatural beings.”
In other words, there is such thing as authority which is abused/misused. That is exactly what these people leading comunist governments are doing. Rather than seeking God for wisdom, they instead look to their own logic of thinking.
Before we go any further, I want to give you one more scriptural reference. Let’s look at Acts chapter 5, verse 29. This is very important, as it explains what we are to do with this authority given by God.
“But Peter and the apostles replied, we must obey God rather than any human authority.”
So, what does this say about our government? What does this say about Donald Trump? What does this say about Bernie Sanders? What does this say about Bill Clinton, etc? I’m not here to make that call, nor answer that question. The constitution of the United States gives each citizen the right to make his or her own beliefs on this subject.
I think, however, that what we must be very careful about here is to not fall into the worldly trap of making opinions about certain people who are higher up in authority based on what nationality they may be, what sex or race they mmay be, etc.
Look, no one is perfect… no one except for Christ alone. Has our president made mistakes, goodness gracious yes! Have previous leaders in the Church, (notice the capital C,) messed up? Have previous government officials, soldiers, etc. made mistakes? Absolutely so! But quite frankly, we live in a world of the flesh. Ever since the time of Adam and Eve, we’ve lived in a crewel and fallen world. We all have fallen to the misfortune of sin. And the price of sin is death. But again, Christ came as the Lamb of God to set us free. Because of this, we can not only be a free country, but we further can be a free world.
But that isn’t going to happen unless people turn their eyes to what really matters, and that is the one, the only true messiah, Jesus Christ. I could go on about how that’s never going to happen, given the nature of our world being in such corruption, but that’s for another blog entry altogether. My point is, let’s not get hung up on asking questions like, which political party is right or wrong, who is better, who is worse.
Instead, let’s be asking the harder question of is God being honored through the actions of certain people/groups. If you can turn in your bible to God’s word and identify beyond a shadow of a doubt that God’s commandments and teachings are being obeyed, then that is the people/groups of authority that we need to respect.
This year you have the opertunity as a US citizen to give your vote/input on our next US president. What will you do? Are you going to base your decision soly on your heart, and what it tells you, or will you instead embrace the truth according to scripture? I urge you over this weekend coming up on Memorial Day to really think about this, and further, as we draw closer to the day of elections that you continue doing the same.