|Posted on October 24, 2008 at 2:01 PM|
I'm pretty cynical, at least about our government. Well, really it's about the people in our government. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being all-out, perfect trust and a belief in an unerring government, I'm about a 3. I can't say that I'm a 0; if I did, then I should move out of the country. If I say it's 0, but I stay here, then I better shut-up about the government or do something about it. In theory, our set-up is a pretty good one. Unfortunately, it has to be run by people who are fallible, greedy, and ambition-driven. I do not believe that anyone can work in our government for any length of time without becoming part of the corruption, back-scratching, etc. They are there for themselves, not us. Don't kid yourself. Anyone who knows me knows that I can't stand politicians.
Anyway, this leads me to what our role is as Christians. We have to understand that God is the one who chooses who is or is not the President, whether we think they agree with us or not. He chooses them for a reason, and we are not here to judge Him. Even if I don't like what a President has done (I have yet to be happy with one, by the way), I still have to respect the office.
Our pastor talked about respect in relation to the fifth Commandment. There are three levels to the kind of respect we're to show to one another:
· Respect based upon human dignity (James 3:9-10)
· Respect based upon position (1 Peter 2:17)
· Respect based upon character and deeds (1 Timothy 5:17)
Yes, Pastor Terry was talking about within the family, but I think it's pretty obvious that this kind of respect extends from there. He may/may not engender respect by his character or deeds, but just the fact that he's a fellow human (and a child of God) and is in a position of authority, I should show him respect. Even if I don't like what the President is doing, it's no call for disrespect. Period.
I'll be watching this in myself, will you?