Pray for our Leaders
The man who occupies the office that is oval now has taken to teaching folks Scripture at a prayer breakfast ! Did you hear how he used a verse of Scripture to justify raising taxes? I pray for him and respect his office but do not respect the twisting of God’s Word for political hay !! He referred to Lk.12:48, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required.” The context deals with Jesus answering Peter’s question in verse 41: “Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even unto all?” The Lord had been teaching on the need to stop worrying and focusing on material things and start following and serving Him: “But rather seek ye the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.” (vs.31) & “Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when He cometh shall find so doing” (vs43). So when He comes to the verse the President misapplied its a warning for us who have been given so many wonderful things by Him as a trust to not do as we please instead of God’s will for we will all be held to account by God, not a government.
At the risk of getting into too much economics and politics, God wants us to give because we truly want to, not because a government says we must to “make things fair” as socialist and communist thinkers teach. Time and time again the Word stresses our giving (money, time, service) be not under compulsion but from the heart, a heart that loves God first and neighbor second. So I respectfully disagree with our President that what he’s pushing does not as he says, “coincide with Jesus’ teachings”, and when he invokes the Bible to his political ends he becomes fair game for being judged by how he abuses its teachings.
Most Christians I know who have sat under Scripture that has been taught properly with good hermeneutics know our President’s views are very much at odds with the Bible. And we can carp on him all we want but have you prayed for his soul lately? Many times I have been reminded that when Paul wrote these verses: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority. . . ” (1Tim.2:1-2) he wrote them under the reign of a disgusting, perverse Caesar in Nero !
So state your case against the abuse of God’s Word when it happens and pray for those who twist it to their own ends, they are calling down on them the wrath and judgment of Almighty God. The same God Who entrusts us with the privilege to pray for such folks, whom we would be judged as well were it not for His grace !!
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