Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
Judgment (Part 17)
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.
Romans 13:1-2 (NKJV)
Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.
Mark 12:17 (NKJV)
Be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.
Titus 3:1-2 (NKJV)
Honor the king.
1 Peter 2:17 (NKJV)
Perhaps America's most ungodly legislation was legalization of abortion. But in the summer of 2015, I witnessed a furious contention regarding the question of gay marriage. The Supreme Court was considering it, and the vast majority of Christians were vocally, angrily against it.
In seeing this union as ungodly, they hurled fiery darts of condemnation: a sweeping inditement of gay people, who didn't view marriage in the same way. They believed their rights were violated, and the land's highest court agreed with them.
My opinions prayerfully evolved. I was more grieved at my brethren's conduct than the changing of governmental laws. Our witness of Christ didn't look like Christ. He was kind and didn't condemn Caesar, nor even the laws of crucifixion.
He knew the existing authorities were approved for the purposes of God. To Pilate He said: 'You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above' (John 19:11).
Jesus knew His Own conduct in trials was of exceedingly more importance than the conduct of foreign governments. His submission to the most unjust rule in the history of the entire world would witness a love so remarkable - that countless people would be drawn to Him.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, consider thoughts on laws you don't like:
1) God said to submit to worldly rulers and not to act in hateful protests. The behavior of Christ proves this point, as do all New Testament Scriptures.
2) Attracting outsiders to Jesus by Good News is our Great Commission. When men receive God's Holy Spirit, He, Himself, will guide and convict them.
3) We're not called to judge rules or rulers. We're called to judge only our brethren, and even then, to do so kindly - with humility, patience and love.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion, Poor People, Governmental Sin: http://amtcdevotions.org/poor-people-part-23-governmental-sin
* Previous AMTC Devotion, Respecting Kings And Cultures: http://amtcdevotions.org/respecting-kings-and-cultures-part-1
* Previous AMTC Devotion, Strangers In Hollywood, Lessons from Daniel: Respecting Royalty: http://amtcdevotions.org/strangers-in-hollywood-part-6-lessons-from-daniel-respecting-royalty
* Previous AMTC Devotion, Christian Pitfalls, Sedition: http://amtcdevotions.org/christian-pitfalls-part-29-sedition
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment series.