Civilian Affairs

civilian-affairs

Romans 13:1-2 (NIV) Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

The much anticipated Election Day has finally arrived. The day touted as the one where America chooses the lesser of two evils. Honestly, one debate was enough. This campaign was not one of issues but continue character bashing and political assassination. Many voted early fearful that there would be social unrest and possible violence in light of freedom of choice. I, for one, am glad that this day will come and go finally. Tomorrow is a new day. No matter who becomes the next president of the United States of America, the Word of God is clear. We become subject to the new governing authority, for there is NO authority expect that which God has established. Before you become offended and form an objection, may I offer this gentle reminder? There is more to life than this. Could this election possibly be a test? The world is not going to get any better. It will continue to degenerate as the time of Christ’s return draws near. There will be an increase of wickedness. The love of most will grow cold. But the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

Before pulling out a soapbox and offering an opinion to others about who they should vote for and why? Or if you are considering a political discussion with another who is clearly voting for the wrong person, I encourage you as a believer and Christian to refrain from entering the endless fodder of careless and unfruitful conversations. Yes, we need to pray for America. We must pray for those in authority. However, our actions today at the polls go beyond who we choose to vote for. I encourage you to vote your heart, vote your convictions and leave with a clear conscience. Leave it all in the voting booth, and then get back to life.

Romans 13:6-7 (NIV) This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

We have a social responsibility to pay taxes. It doesn’t stop there but also includes revenue, respect and honor. The Bible indicates that the authorities over us are God’s servants. What if they do not openly serve God or make good choices considering His Word, Will and Way? Two things: they are the individual’s held accountable for how they govern. Secondly, all throughout the Book of Exodus – it is stated several times that the Lord changed Pharaoh’s heart. God influences authority over His People’s lives. If this is the case, which I believe it is, no matter who is in office – the One True Sovereign God remains in control and Jesus maintains all power and authority in Heaven and on earth.

Matthew 28:17-20 (NIV) When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

“All authority and power has been given to me. Therefore…” It is important today to move past the present day and step into the future. We walk by faith and not by sight which means living for a future hope rather than present situations. I do not believe in many things one the candidates today. I do not trust either one completely. I do not approve of the blatant disregard of one candidate for certain people or their crass words and condemnation of others. My role in this life is to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. I don’t live to change the world but build a Kingdom.

In Daniel 7:13-14 (NIV), Daniel had a vision of the Son of Man. He said, “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” Today is the day to elect who you will serve. In the polls, you will vote for your choice as the next president and elected governing officials but this does not change the power and authority governing our life. Jesus lives inside of us. All the glory shown to Daniel now resides in us. Are we applying it to the right place? Is our energy being wasted on civilian affairs that promote arguments and dissension among believers? If a candidate offends you, vote for someone else but leave all malice at the booth and be ready to go do your Father’s Business.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. He has given His Power and Authority to those who choose Him as Savior and make Him their Lord. Who is the power and authority over your life today? I know you just said, “Jesus!” under your breath. Remember that when faced with dumb arguments and those little rifts caused by the enemy used to catch you off guard. You have chosen to lay your life down for Jesus Christ. Jesus laid down His Life (John 10:17-18) for you and me so we don’t have to engage in civilian affairs but live through His Power and Love. In fact, the Word encourages us not to get tangled up in them. (2 Timothy 2:4) My orders have been given to me. I am to share the Gospel of Love with all mankind even those who vote for someone else and choose a different government than me.

Romans 13:8-10 (NIV) Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36) Get out and vote today! Exercise your freedom to choose. It is a privilege that not everyone is afforded. Do so with a confident heart and clear conscience. God is Sovereign. Christ still lives on the Throne. Our debt to society is one thing – love. To love others more than ourselves. All others. It doesn’t matter who they are, what they look like, how they live or who they choose today. Your opinion is just that. It belongs to you. It doesn’t mean anyone else wants it, needs it or should have it. What God has called us to do is love each other and build His Kingdom. Do not let today get in the way of your mission called the Great Commission. Do not let the enemy lure you into arguments and disagreements today. Refuse to take offense. Guard your heart above all things. Jesus is coming back. This world is only going to get worse. Love is still going to be cold. Darkness is permeating this planet. The Light of the World will soon dawn. On that day it will not matter how you voted today, only if you honored the Living God.

Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

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