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.
When I first wrote this pointed devotion, Donald Trump began his presidency. The U.S. racial and cultural rifts were the worst I'd personally witnessed. Over two years later, they're even worse!
But I'm just old enough to remember the American fight for civil rights. As a child, I saw villains and heroes. Back then, evil haters were clearly wrong and our young president was clearly right.
Respecting John Kennedy was easy. Respecting Dr. King was easier. Most who didn't were shamed into silence.
But right now, respecting President Trump seems impossible for so many. To them, he's a bigot and chauvinist, with a mouth bigger than the Grand Canyon.
At the same time, half of America voted for him and hopes for his success. Nevertheless, regardless of your opinion of him... God's Words on government are crystal clear... or they should be for saints who profess Him.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You must respect the laws of the land and pray for your elected leaders. Forget politics, and don't squabble. Stay neutral and speak positive world.
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 speak well of our rulers, even when we disagree with them. So I'm trusting He has this covered.' **
## Do-Gooders: Respect Governmental Leaders (Part 79)
* Previous Devotion, Ungodly Legislation: http://careylewisdevotions.com/judgment-part-17-ungodly-legislation
** Please see note below from Nat Brown, an educated and accomplished man (who was an AMTC Team Leader and scout for many years). He is also African American. He has seen and faced his share of discrimination, and I asked how he was handling the Donald Trump presidency.
** '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.'
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2016 series called, 'Do-Gooders.' In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.