1.24.2009

Breaking the Silence

I know, I know… this blog has been really quite for the last month. Even though, I am on my computer daily, keeping up with my friends in the bloggy-world, I haven’t really given much time to my own blog. Most time that I login my site, I have all these ideas in my head that I want to write about but I inevitably get sidetrack by something else and fail to post.

A couple days ago, the day after President Obama’s inauguration, I received an email that deeply offended me. So, I decided I should post something for our new President. I just want to remind our Christian friends and family...

Romans 13
Submission to the Authorities

Everyone must submit himself 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, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
~Romans 13: 1-7

Dr. Al Mohler has a wonderful prayer for our new president, here. He sums it up with these thoughts:
Christians are, first of all, citizens of a heavenly kingdom. The followers of Christ know no allegiance of ultimate rank to any government or earthly authority. Yet, the Bible clearly teaches that God has given us the gifts of law, government, and ruling authorities for our good. We are instructed to pray for “rulers and all who have authority” and to be faithful in praying “so that we can have quiet and peaceful lives full of worship and respect for God” (1 Timothy 2:2).

As Barack Obama prepares to take the oath of office and become the 44th President of the United States, Christians should be thinking about how to pray for the new President. I offer this prayer as a place to start, as we observe the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States together.


Miss August

2 Had Something To Say:

klham said...

I try to remind my husband of this everyday.

Thanks for the header... I love it!

Fonda said...

Good to have you back! I have missed you.