Our country has peacefully changed governments. This is a remarkable blessing, especially when you consider the divisive political campaigns that we all witnessed for nearly two years. In my opinion I feel our nation is divided much like during the days of the Viet Nam war. Today, as during those difficult days, most people align themselves with one political view or another. Either you are disappointed to see President Obama leave office or you are pleased that he is no longer president. You are either welcoming Donald Trump as president or you are having trouble accepting his victory.
What is the proper Christian response to the division in our country? As a Christian, does God require me to support a president I did not vote for? Is it sinful to disagree with policies and laws enacted by government?
The Bible speaks very clearly about the relationship between a Christian and the government. We are to obey authorities, including those in government. Those in authority are to treat us justly and fairly. There are times with the government does not fulfill its obligations to the people but we are still to live up to ours. However, when the government asks us to do something that defies God’s Word, we are to disobey the government in faithful confidence of the Lord’s power to protect us.
St. Paul wrote Timothy a few words that remind us to not only pray for authorities, but also to be thankful for those in government, including the president.
“I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.” 1 Timothy 2:1-3
He also reminds us that God gives authority. In fact, he places those with such authority over us.
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Romans 13:1
As President Trump quoted in his Inauguration Speech
Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity! Psalm 133:1
And even as we celebrate a peaceful change in government, we’re also celebrating National Lutheran Schools Week!
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