Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
Be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work...
For the kingdom is the Lord's and He rules over the nations.
As political candidates draw swords, their insults spot our screens like drops of blood. As our nation grows visibly darker, no one dares to claim a share of the blame. Finger pointing is easier. Complaint is the rule of our day.
But is it the rule for Christians? The way I see it, we gripe, too.
The Good Book says, 'Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God' (Romans 13:1). Isn't our obedience to the law enough? Aren't we allowed to speak our strong disagreement?
Not according to God.
At a maximum, bad government is our due: a consequence of idol worship. Will we repent, fast and pray to God? Or do we complain of unfairness?
At a minimum, bad government is our test: an examination of our hearts. Will we endure, hope and wait on God? Or do we look to men for justice?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Ranting is like a bad TV show. Watching it riles you up. Respect is like a classic drama. The nice guy always wins.
So about your leaders, speak nicely and don't rant.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Complaining series.