I believe I have both heavenly and then subsequent, subservient earthy citizenship responsibilities to regard as holy. Holy? Yes, holy. Did God who is holy leave His creation unattended? Some foolishly believe yes, but God loves His creation and not just the physical flowers, trees, mountains and skies. He loves and provides for the daily workings of a lost world and a saved people.
God’s word directs me in both. To ignore one or the other is to disregard God’s counsel and so it is sin.
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. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. (Romans 13:1-7 ESV)
I am enjoying a ‘free’ day. January 2, 2012 is a day (for me) of unplanned rest and opportunity to give attention to things that often get put aside because, though important, they don’t always register as urgent… and let’s face it, many of us have become fire-fighters in our day of hurriedness. Fires can burn unattended today; I’m taking time for urgent matters. Loving God for one. My spiritual health, for two. Loving my brother, for three. Impacting my world for four?
In our culture, a big part of getting our voice heard is shutting down the voice(s) of another. We do it in many ways and in varying degrees of effectiveness (bully-pulpits, demonization, abusive authority, etc). We set truth and reality aside and employ the power of perception (or even deceit). Consider modern media in American and world culture; if you still rely on the major network media outlets, you are very controlled by what you hear. If you are a www roamer, you are exposed to so much, it becomes difficult to know what is real and what isn’t.
Getting to the point… I’m going to post a video. I hope you can find time to listen and think and discern. I’m not posting this video to offer my ultimate choice or decision on the matter of who is or is not a viable candidate for President of the USA in 2012, but it is my attempt at a strong pushback on those who would silence my concerns and who would spin their message to create their desired perceptions for you to ingest their agenda.
Newt Gingrich may have to label me an ‘indecent American’ (my spin to oppose some of his message) as he quotes “Ron Paul’s views are totally outside the mainstream of virtually every decent American”, but I hope all Americans can stop demonizing one another and get to the truth on how to best govern these United States of America, based on the Constitution we’ve pledged earthly recognition of, and ultimately governance with respect to the sovereignty of our Creator God.