I’m posting this quotation primarily for two kinds of people: (1) the politically involved and stressed Christian and (2) any person who may be troubled (or simply annoyed) by those of the first kind.
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I know this is a difficult time, and I know we all have our own opinions.
Some of us will vote Democrat.
Some of us will vote Republican.
Some of us won’t vote at all.
And whatever your decision . . . whatever my decision is . . . what we owe is still in place. What we owe is still true.
We owe each other love.
To treat each other with honor . . . to treat each other with respect . . . to treat each other with kindness . . . to treat each other with grace . . . to not fill our speech with hate . . . to not fill our actions with threats . . . but to love each other.
Because, you see, our commitment is not a commitment to the lordship of the president. It’s not a commitment to the lordship of the emperor. We live out of a different mindset. . . .
This excerpt from a timely message by John Mark Hicks can be heard in its entirety at http://woodmont.org/media/watch. The lesson, based on Romans 13, is entitled “Pay Your Taxes, and Love the Tax Collector.” It is easy for me to acknowledge that people will have varying levels of commitment to the processes of government. It is hard, though, for me to imagine why any grounded Christian would be upset by what Hicks presented.