Speaking The Truth In Love Part 3

7863EAA1-B627-4CAB-A590-1E7FDB48EDA4But instead we will remain strong and always sincere in our love as we express the truth. As Christians, we are instructed to “speak the truth in love”. Ephesians 4:15 (TPT)

In pursuit of order and justice, Christianity places governments not in the place of God but in a place of accountability to God. [1] God never intended people to blindly follow and accept a leader’s behavior, whether it be a political or Christian leader. Romans 13 is written to the Church, to instruct us on how to view secular authority.  The Apostle Paul said in Romans 13 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. ” Romans 13:1-2 regarding submission to governing authorities, Paul’s teaching is not that the authority of government is an absolute authority but an authority given by God as His servants (diakonos) to preserve order for the common good of the people. [2] It’s important for us to understand God’s intent when He established governments.  I’ll share more on this in future posts.

God institutes authority for a specific purpose. The Greek word for “submitting to” or being “subject to”, is hupotasso, which means “to arrange in order under.” It is actually a military term, and in the military there is a strong sense of submitting to someone of higher rank. [3] We are to submit to and obey the authority give to the office granted under the constitution for the preservation and posterity of this nation, otherwise the next generation will not a reference point in which to be able to sustain themselves.

After reading these two articles (see part 2), it is not my position to judge who is right and who is wrong. I do believe each individual’s intent is to share their view based upon their understanding and beliefs. What does concern me is how Christians are being pitted against one another based upon alliances with political parties. This can be potentially dangerous because even though a political parties’ views may be seemly in alignment with mine, I still have to discern whether they are only looking to forward their own agenda to get votes, rather than using their platform as a voice for righteousness. Their overall actions will eventually reveal their true agenda.

It seems somewhat contradictory to espouse that this nation has a Christian founding based upon God’s moral standards, yet not be concerned about the moral behavior of our governmental leaders when I hear or read people say, “I wanted a president, not a pastor.” Are pastors and spiritual leaders the only ones to be held to a higher standard.  As the Apostle Paul would say, “May it never be! or By no means!”

Jesus also warns of the leaven of Herod ( Mark 8:15 ). Herod was involved in a great deal of lying in his political wheeling and dealing, abusing the power of his office, adultery, and general all-around worldliness. [4] Ritenbaugh, Richard T

This is not to say that our current President is corrupt in his dealings. The truth is we need God’s government to come so that we can be established in truth and righteous, independent of potentially corrupt alliances. “This is what the Lord says: Be just and fair to all. Do what is right and good, for I am coming soon to rescue you and to display my righteousness among you.” Isaiah 56:1

I pray that the Lord will open the eyes of our understanding so that we will knowing how to respond in a godly manner to the divisiveness that permeates this nation today.

Let’s open our spiritual eyes to see what God is doing in this new era!

Blessings,

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Endnotes:

  1. Mcllroy, David, (2004), A Biblical View of Law and Justice, Patermoster Press, Bletchley, Milton Keynes
  2. Ibid
  3. Ritenbaugh, John, Bible verses about Hupotasso, (From Forerunner Commentary), https://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Topical.show/RTD/cgg/ID/3956/Hupotasso.htm, Accessed December 20, 2019
  4. Ritenbaugh, Richard T. , Bible verses about Leaven of Herod, (From Forerunner Commentary) https://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Topical.show/RTD/CGG/ID/2914/Leaven-of-Herod.htm, Accessed December 20, 2019

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