The Hangover

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Gentle Reader,

As you know, I don’t generally get political with my writing. This has a lot to do with my beliefs as to where the allegiance of a Christian lies and the fact that I can’t stand incessant talking heads and their fear-mongering. Today, however, I am moved to comment.

While I’ve never been drunk, I have been hungover, thanks to the various prescribed medications I’ve taken over the years. When in such a state, straight thinking and problem solving are next to impossible. Body parts hurt. All you want to do is pull the blankets over your head and hope the feeling passes.

This is the attitude I see in our society. Whether Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or something else, everyone agrees that we’re in trouble. Something has to give and, when it does, it won’t be pretty. Despite our collective acknowledgment of the issues, we are too deeply divided – and often actively hostile to each other – to do anything about it.

So, we pulled the blankets over our heads. We kept the status quo. We hope the situation will somehow resolve itself. Fear, propped up by a lack of thinking outside the box, dictated the outcome of this election.

I find that sad.

Now, all that being said, I’m not going to do what my nature wills and freak out about the next four years. I don’t know what the next four minutes will bring, let alone the future so advanced. I’m going to do my best to remember to pray for our president and other leaders as often as possible, because:

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. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

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. – Romans 13:1-7 (NKJV)

My allegiance is to Christ, and He wills that I do my part to obey the law and respect the authorities behind it. Until there is a mandate that requires me to do or support something that is quite opposed to my faith, this is my line to walk.

My journey to faith. (15)