Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.
As I ponder this devotion's topic, Donald Trump begins his presidency. The U.S. racial and cultural rift is the worst I've personally witnessed. Back in the days of Martin Luther King, I saw cruel fiends and noble heroes. Even so, today's split may be deeper. Years ago, harsh haters were clearly wrong and our young president was clearly right. Respecting John Kennedy was easy. Those who didn't were shamed into silence.
But right now, respecting President Trump seems impossible for many millions. To them, he's a bigot and chauvinist. They curse his office, mock his family and unfriend old friends who supported him. At the same time, half of America voted for him and hopes for his success. Although some of Trump's words seem clearly wrong, God's Words on government are clearly right... or they should be for saints who profess Him.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Whether you approve or regret Trump, you're called to rise above politics; to respect your government's leaders; to speak positive and hopeful words; to follow Christ and love your neighbors. Newsflash: countrymen are your neighbors--even those who supported Donald, even those who still love Hillary.
Hollywood is pushing a hate-fest, and lots of followers have joined it. Two thoughts? Either avoid mean conversations or offer inarguable words. Like what?
'I'm a Christian, but it's not easy. We're told to love God and our neighbors, even when we disagree with them. We're told to speak well of our rulers, even when we disagree with them. God takes our complaints Personally. So I'm refusing to voice complaints, and I'm trusting He has this covered.' **
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion, Ungodly Legislation: http://amtcdevotions.org/judgment-part-17-ungodly-legislation
** 'You know Carey, I am learning to be like Paul, to be content no matter what the circumstances. Little did I know that I would be doing what I am blessed to do for God today--the Let Freedom Ring Movement in and with the oldest continuous Black Baptist Church in the country, to escort the Freedom Bell to Washington, DC, only to have Former President Obama and Former First Lady Michelle Obama ring the bell at the grand opening of the Smithsonian's National African American Museum of History and Culture, and now to be working some more on Let Freedom Ring for Black History Month and beyond (a new initiative called R3--for Reconciliation, Redemption and Renewal). I am also interacting with TV and radio stations in this area, with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and doing press releases, and even a couple of radio commercials.
Although God has very richly blessed me, it is not about me. It is all about Him, the building of God's Kingdom, and blessings received from Him. This is truly a humbling experience, as well as a richly rewarding one. I have learned that it does not matter who is in the White House; God's house is much bigger, and by far much better. I have learned and am still learning each day that it truly matters how we treat each other--to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Yes, God--here am I. I felt I had to say this. Thank you.'
(Excerpt from a recent email by a dear friend, Nat Brown. Nat has a long history of leadership within AMTC--and surely in the world beyond it).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.