|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Changing the tone of the conversation”
Our Bible verse for today: “Let everyone submit to the governing authorities, since there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are instituted by God … For it (government) is God’s servant for good.” Romans 13:1; 3b (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Be part of the solution.”
This morning I want to continue our discussion from yesterday regarding the part each of us should play in helping to improve the tone of the national conversation. As was noted yesterday, as Christians we should be the adults in the room. We should be the ones helping to cool things down rather than fanning the flames of dissension. We should be involved in the national dialogue, and we should be actively engaging with our elected officials, but our involvement should be a help not a hindrance.
Paul wrote in Romans 13:1-3 that government is good. Human government was instituted by God in the early chapters of Genesis. It was designed to bring order and stability to human affairs after the introduction of sin into the world. Sin is a destabilizing factor in human affairs. Good government is intended by God to act as a restraining element against the worst aspects of human nature. And, as we have seen throughout the course of human history, when government is effective there is peace and stability and order, but when government is ineffective, a society in chaos always results.
When elected officials are part of the problem rather than part of the solution, when they cause instability and chaos rather than peace and good order, and when they are shouting at and attacking each other rather than cooperating for the common good, then those elected officials are the problem rather than the solution.
We, the followers of Jesus, have to be careful we too don’t get carried away in the angry rhetoric and mean-spirited shouting matches. As has been noted in previous devotional messages in this series, we should be the adults in the room, the peacemakers. We should act as the thermostats who adjust the temperature and cool things down.
Anger, incivility, and disorder are all a result of the sin that infects the human condition. Good government is intended by God to counteract those sinful tendencies not add to them. Since in this respect our government is doing such a poor job at the moment, as Christians we must be God’s agents in the middle of the angry mob, helping to calm things down rather than stirring them up. I encourage you to be part of the solution today.