Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election stuffs

Item one: As I type, two people at computers near me are talking about large numbers of homeless voters using a park bench as their stated place of residence. It reeks of ACORN.

Item two: Not to be malicious, but Weird Al's song "Weasel Stomping Day" (video) popped into my head this morning. Figuratively, at least, it could come true.

Item three: Cheryl is confident of an outcome. Australian bloggers Aurora and MK are supporting this outcome by prayer. Which leads to...

Item four: Today's Days of Praise (ICR, authored by Henry M. Morris III) is a helpful reminder of what really matters today.

The Powers That Be
"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God." (Romans 13:1)
This day in our country we will vote for themen and women who will lead us for several years. Their beliefs and philosophies will impact our lives far beyond their specific terms in office. The choice we make is both a rare privilege and an awesome responsibility.
There are three perspectives that would be good for us to review as we prepare to exercise this duty.
First to consider is what this will require of us as subjects of those who are appointed over us. We will be required to:
  • Submit to the laws they enact (1 Peter 2:13).
  • Pay the taxes they require (Romans 13:6).
  • Honor their authority (1 Peter 2:17).
  • Pray for them by name (1 Timothy 2:1-3).
  • Fear them if we do evil (Romans 13:4).

Then, there is the anticipated behavior of what we should expect them to do. They should:

  • Be a terror to evil works (Romans 13:3).
  • Exercise the "sword" of judgment against those who do evil (Romans 13:4).
  • Promote a "quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty" (1 Timothy 2:2).
  • Punish evil and praise good (1 Peter 2:14).

Finally, all who ultimately are placed in authority over men are there by God's appointment (our text). Sometimes the most unassuming are raised up (1 Samuel 2:8) or the evil leader is used to demonstrate God's power (Romans 9:17). We must seek God's will in our choices, but we can be assured that He is in charge (Psalm 11:4).

2 comments:

steve martin said...

Amen, Hannah...God is in charge and His will be done (even when we mess up big time)

Aurora said...

Well said, Hannah and thanks for the link. I've quoted your reminder that God is in charge in my own post. Things look pretty bad for us but far above us are the plans and purposes of God. His timetable must take place.