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Thanks for everything – even our government

Pastor Dave Vander Meer

Rockford Springs Community Church

Today, as in everyday, we have so much to be thankful for.

“Lord, thank you for our food, our clothes, our homes, our churches, our families, our work, our money, our safety, our health and strength, our doctors, our hospitals, our stores, and our transportation.”  

Whoops, Oh yes, “and for our government, thank you.”

This last petition may be hard for some right now, while for others it is totally embraced.  There is a wide range of opinions and feelings out on the street regarding our government and the various actions it has taken recently with the COVID 19.  For some, the government has taken measures to protect, while for others the government has taken measures that have made things worse. But regardless where we are on the spectrum of views and voiced opinions, we would do well, each and every one of us, to pause and consider what the Bible teaches about government.

1. God is the King.  He is in control of all things.  Psalm 95:3 “For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.”

2. God is the one who created and instituted government. Romans 13: 1 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”

3. Governments, just like churches, families, and businesses, are made up of people, and hence, at times, do not do everything right, or do what they do with the right motives.  

4. Governments need support. There are numerous ways the Bible tells us to support our government.  We need to pay taxes. Romans 13:6 “For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them.”

We need to give respect. Romans 13:7b “respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.”  We need to pray for them.  I Tim 2:1 “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” We need to hold them accountable. This is why we speak a “word of conscience” to our government and why we vote.  This is why it was right, for example, for Nathan the prophet to come and point out King David’s sin. 

Two more things to carefully consider:

1. This is a time to trust God.  He is the one who will care for us without fault.  And He is the one who can change the heart of our government to properly care for His people. Prov 21:1 “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.”

2. And finally, Christian, we need to always remember that our citizenship is in heaven. Phil 3: 20 “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Since Jesus Christ purchased us on the cross, we are His.  Our first allegiance is to His government, the Kingdom of God. While we wait for His Kingdom to be fully realized, we thank Him for this government and seek its good. May the Lord bless the United States of America.  

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