Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity. (1 Timothy 2:2)I do not usually have a problem with authority. I love following rules, and I really like doing the right thing. However, I do not always agree with politics, politicians, or our country's leaders. I have very strong opinions on some ethical issues, and I vote a certain way. And sometimes, I don't get my way, or even what I feel is the right/ethical way. This verse tells me, though, to pray for my leaders - even the ones that I don't agree with.
As I read this verse this morning, these people (below) came to mind. They picket all around America, and claim that God has commissioned them. Recently, they came to Charleston and picketed here. They quote the Bible completely out of context:
And they involve their children! Which makes me really angry.
Anyway, I don't agree with this at all, and this verse shows that God doesn't either. I'm frustrated that these people are representing (or claim to be) God and his attitude toward our country. He is just, and that is why he sent his son. He also says that vengeance is his (Deuteronomy 32:25), which means that even if we don't agree, he is the one that will repay people.
God calls for prayer, so that we can live in peace and dignity. I'm thinking that this doesn't qualify. I don't mean to bash any people, and maybe they have some good motives, but this is not God. This is not what the Bible says to do, even in the face of injustice. This is not my peaceful, loving, caring, forgiving, graceful Jesus. He does not command this.
Anyway, thanks for listening to my rant. I have so much more to say about this, but I should stop. I don't get angry over much, but it is not fair or right to have God represented this way. And, it's just really unpatriotic. I may not agree with every President. I may even really dislike someone's stand. And that's why I vote. And why I pray.
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