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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Word of Inspiration: Respect Governing Authorities Even in Disagreement

"Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God." (Romans 13:1)

When we are displeased with our leaders, it's tempting to judge and criticize them--even complain and gossip. It's true that sometimes our governing authorities abuse their power and make unwise decisions, but that doesn't mean we need to allow THEIR sin to tempt US to sin. Pray that God will find a way to change these leaders' hearts, to help them understand their wrongs, and to have courage to do what is right. Subjecting to their authority means respecting their authority. It doesn't mean you have to agree with their position on things.

Here in America, we will be coming up on an election year in 2012. Let's be wise in our behavior, our choices, and prayerfully vote for the right leaders. Not only did God give us these leaders, but He also gave us a democracy so that we have a choice in who we select as our leaders. Our ancestors fought for this right, and God granted it to us. Don't take it for granted. 

Do your homework. It is YOUR responsibility to research who runs for office BEFORE you walk into an election booth. Don't rely on what the media reports and your friends and family tell you. Listen with Godly ears, search your heart with Godly wisdom, research candidates' lives and bio and compare it with the Word of God. And remember, be respectful of others who may not agree with you and ignore those who cannot have healthy debates. Change the topic.