I’ve been seeing a lot of articles from people in regard to political/ethical topics…lots of government fearmongering articles dipped in spiritual sauce too. There is so much staunch division in this world—so many agendas people want you to buy into. Its like you’re either right wing or left wing, liberal or conservative and how far down the spectrum? Is it possible to agree that both sides have good and bad beliefs? What does the Bible say? My take, in a nutshell, is that believers are to follow the laws of the land with the stipulation that God is the authority. This is a very shallow view of a much broader subject however. Nonetheless, these types of division distract the believer from his/her greater purpose and we (believers) must strive to put these distractions aside. I’m of the mind that we should, “…render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” Follow the laws of the land, pay your taxes but always be cognizant of God’s law and ultimate authority.
We must cling to the teachings of Jesus and use these as our compass when navigating the laws of the land. We are to submit to government/authorities (Romans 13) so long as it is in accordance with the law of God (Daniel 3). If leaders erect a statue and they tell us to worship it obviously it would be against God’s laws, therefore we have the right to refuse; however, we must face the consequence for disobeying the law of the land. Even though we are in alignment with God’s law, we must bear the fiery furnace for disobeying the law of the land. So it doesn’t really matter where you are on the spectrum as long as you are aligned with the God and the Bible; however, many…MANY, people try to isolate verses and scriptures in order to contort and twist it to justify their agenda, hatred, intolerance and cruelty.
The bottom line is GOD is the judge (James 4:11-12). GOD will decide (Romans 2:5-7). GOD will deal with evildoers (Psalms 37). GOD will exact vengeance (Ezekiel 25:17). GOD will search the hearts and minds of all and render absolute judgment (Revelation 2:23). We can discern and judge what is or is not within alignment with God but we better be sure that we are aligned before trying to point it out to someone else (Matthew 7:5). We can only achieve this by absolute immersion in the scriptures, experience and practice (Hebrews 5:14). Something a lot of us have not done!
Most of us have basic knowledge of right and wrong; in that we can look and judge a thief as wrong but only God knows his heart; and the whole story of that man. It was a thief that converted on the cross and accepted Christ during the crucifixion. So even though that man was judged and sentenced by the world, God knew his heart and rendered final judgment. The Bible touches on this fact in Hebrews chapter 9 “…and it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” The Earthly authority judged and sentenced the thief to death; however, God judged the thief and deemed him worthy of paradise. Our mind is not God’s mind. Our ways are not HIS ways. HIS ways are higher than ours. What we need to do provide a compass to people that will lead them to God and God will deal with them.
We are to love our neighbor. That’s what the Bible says. There is no “but” or “unless” in that scripture for a reason. It is very simple, love your neighbor. It doesn’t matter if he has issues, is black, white, Hispanic, gay or straight. We are to love them. Love for a neighbor is a brotherly type of love God want us all to have. To want the best for them, look out for them if you can…to want to lead them to God…to respect their right to choose their path; whether they choose right or wrong…and whether they love you or not. Pray for your leaders and your neighbors—pray that God brings them into alignment with HIS divine will. To be even clearer; your neighbor is ANYONE you meet. If you breathe the same air, walk under the same sky or share the same space, then everyone is your neighbor. The greatest commandment is love (Matthew 22:37-39), so let go of all that holds you back. Let go of all things that seek to divide you from your purpose. Strive to let go of your ingrained preconceived misconceptions…your assumptive notions…any bigotry or indifferences…and simply love as God intended us to.
Written by Matthew
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