Loving the Government

Quick question. Who is your representative in local government or national government? City councilman? Sadly, many who believe in Christ do not know who represents them in government.

My discipleship group has used Romans as an aide to our spiritual growth this year. I really recommend that people not just study, but get to know Romans, like you would a story or a great movie.

Paul begins by saying he is not ashamed of the gospel and that mankind, in turning away from God deserves wrath, but God's kindness leads to repentance. That is just the first two chapters. It gets better. I recommend that you memorize a key verse from each chapter as a signpost to help you remember the story. It is work, but it is worth it.

Anyway, I was in 13 this morning and am reminded that I am called to love my government. Turns out the government has been instituted by the King. Sometimes it is easy for us to grumble about government and taxes we pay, along with politicians. Because we have been justified by Christ, sanctified by the Holy Spirit and adopted by the Father we should be able to see that He ordains all, even government authorities. So we are to be respectful and even helpful, as long as the regime is not oppressive and warring against the law of God.

How? He really challenges us to love all and then he says, "Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature" I often do just that; gratify the desires. It is me or the government; me or my employer; me or my friend, me or the guy trying to enter into the freeway ahead of me. Love means "to give up" and we are called to do so, even for our government, for the sake of the Kingdom.

That may flesh out differently for each of us, but I do not think it just means "vote". I think it may mean to pray for, to serve, to encourage leaders and to work together in your local community. Our part of the world is about to become a city and I am now pondering how I, as a believer can be helpful. So, can I encourage you to pray and think about more for your local government today?