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November 16; Wisdom From Heaven

James 1-3

I will be honest. I haven’t been watching the impeachment hearing on TV. My blood pressure has it’s limits. I don’t know on which side of the aisle you are, but I think God has something to say to all of us through James this morning.

For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you will find discord and every evil practice. (3:16)

I guess when I try to watch the proceedings I find discord and evil practices fueled by envy and selfish ambition. Did God give James a glimpse of the USA in 2019? It seems so. But the next verse is what I want to highlight today:

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. (3:17)

Can you imagine the change that would come about in our country if God poured out the wisdom that comes from heaven onto Washington DC? Peace-loving? Considerate? Submissive? Merciful? Impartial? Sincere? I don’t care which side of this issue you are,  but can you say you wouldn’t want those things to be evident in all our politicians?

Let’s pray for the wisdom that comes from heaven for our political leaders. But let’s also pray the same for each of us. Our country can hardly be described as peace-loving, considerate, submissive, merciful, impartial, or sincere, can it? Can you be described in those terms? Can I?

We need the wisdom that comes from heaven.


September 4: To Obey, or Disobey

Ezekiel 1:1-2:20; Daniel 6:1-28; Nehemiah 7:4-25

The island where I live is under a mandatory evacuation order from the governor in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. Most of us left immediately, others have stayed. Our pastor sent an email to the church members and gently reminded us God told us in His Word that we are to obey our God-ordained leaders in authority. He encouraged us to leave the island we love, in obedience to those leaders.

But is there a time when we are to disobey our leaders?

Daniel got the word that no one was to worship any one or anything other than King Darius for thirty days. Might not be such a big deal, a month isn’t that long. What would be the hurt? After all, the government made the order.

Daniel did not obey. And he wasn’t very secretive about his disobedience. He continued to pray in front of his open window three times a day. And he wasn’t praying to any Darius.

I hope all of us reading these chapters in God’s Word today are good citizens of the countries in which we live. I hope we all pay our taxes, and follow speed limits. I hope we are law-abiding citizens.

But I also hope we are prepared to defy laws that would force us to compromise what God has ordained. I hope we know what the Truth is according to Scripture, and are ready to stand firm.

There may come a day when we, too, will have to decide if we are going to bow to ungodliness, or continue to stand in front of open windows and worship God.

June 5; It Might Be You

Proverbs 28-30

Well, thinking about the government is exactly what I wanted to be thinking about first thing this morning. Ugh. I hate politics.

I hate the lies so many politicians present as fact. I hate more that so many people believe the lies without question. I hate the division politics has produced in our country.

So now you know what I think. What does God say about  politics?

28:2 – When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order.

28:4 – Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law resist them.

28:5 – Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.

28:9 – If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable.

29:4 – By justice a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down.

29:12 – If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.

I just picked out a few of the things God has to say about rulers, about law… politics. I hope you’ll read it all and see if you don’t see us in there.

That’s why I want to encourage you to get involved. We need men and women who understand justice, who keep the law (of God and of the country), and most importantly, we need people who fear God.

We need Christians who will step up and, with God’s power, turn this country around. We are witnessing a push by Muslims to turn this country their way through our political system. We are witnessing people who want to throw out democracy and change our republic. We are watching our freedoms being hijacked, and citizens cheering on the hijackers. Does that concern you at all?

Do you feel the call of God to run for a political office? Do it! People all over this country are praying 2 Chronicles 7:13. But for God to answer that prayer, he is going to need His children to get busy, to get involved in the decision-making at local, state, and national levels. He needs someone who will hear the call and obey.

It just might be you.

March 16 – Homeless and Hungry

Deuteronomy 14-16

I had an interesting conversation over lunch yesterday with some of my church friends. Of course, in this election year it’s hard not to talk about  politics. Have I told you how much I love talking politics?


Our conversation got stalled a bit on the topic of jobless and/or homeless people. Do you give money to the man standing on the street corner with a sign that says, “Homeless and Hungry?” What if he is smoking a cigarette? Does that change your opinion?

I used to be a church secretary and I couldn’t begin to count the number of calls I received from strangers trying to get some money. As a school counselor, the number of people asking for assistance was astronomical.

Who is responsible for caring for our poor? Is it the government? Is Bernie right to promise free assistance for everybody? How did we get to the place in this country where it is ok for needy people to receive handouts from the government, but flipping burgers is beneath them?

Today as I read these chapters in Deuteronomy, I hear God saying there will be no poor among you. He says if there is a poor man, open your hand freely to him. Be generous.

Here’s where I think we have failed as a nation and as the Church. There should be no needy people in our church fellowships. Yes, it’s our responsibility to care for our own, to lend a hand. But I don’t see the Bible saying the government should have any part of it.

Personally, I don’t hand out money to strangers, even if they parade their children in front of them like the man I saw yesterday outside Walmart. But if there is a family member who needs some help during a hard time, or someone in my church with a need, I want to obey God and open my hand freely.

I’d much rather have a say as to where my help is directed, rather than having someone in government deciding. I don’t think they’ve done a great job with the money I already give. How many trillions are we in debt? And, besides, I don’t see government assistance is anywhere close to being God’s plan for us.

Father God, I pray for people who have no home, who are jobless and hungry. God, I pray that the people close to them, that church fellowships will reach out to them and help them get back on their feet. I pray for jobless people. Open doors to employment that will begin to pay the bills. I pray that needy people will see Your hand at work in miraculous ways. And I pray for this election. I pray that Christians will not stay home on voting day because they don’t happen to like the candidates. I pray that our voices will be heard against government control of every detail of our lives. It’s up to us as Christians to be vessels through which you can defeat Satan’s control in our land.

October 18

Matthew 17:24-27, 18:6-35, 19:1-2, 8:18-22, 11:20-24; Mark 9:38-5-, 10:1; Luke 9:49-62, 10:1-20

Who likes paying taxes? Do any of you wish our taxes were higher? I just wrote a check for my property taxes and it took quite a chunk out of my savings. I can’t say I wrote the check joyfully.

And after our recent government shut-down circus… don’t get me started.

Jesus paid taxes. He even paid the temple tax which was money used for God’s work and he was… well… God.

The United States is still a great nation and I’m glad I live here. Jesus’ example teaches us that we have a responsibility to pay our taxes so the government can run effectively and to support our local churches financially so God’s work can be done. But I believe we also have a responsibility to hold our leaders accountable, whether national, state, local, or in our churches. We need to speak up, to get involved, to make changes that need to be made according to Scripture. 

Are you planning to vote in November? Christians – we need to. We need to know the issues and the people wanting to be elected at all levels of government. We need to research, ask questions, talk about it with those we trust. And we need to pray before we push that button or punch that card.

Jesus gave us an example of responsible citizenship. Let’s follow his lead.

April 4

Judges 8&9

The things Jotham told the Israelites reminded me of our political scene in the USA. The olive tree and fig tree, good trees that yield rich produce, turn down the chance to become king over all the trees. So they went to the thorn bush, a worthless weed, and made it king. I wonder if we haven’t elected some thorn bushes ourselves at all levels of government.

We are commanded to pray for those in authority and I hope we are all doing that. I hope we are praying for salvation for our leaders, that God would grant wisdom and the courage to stand for truth. God can absolutely do his work in spite of people when we pray. But I hope we are also praying that God will raise up honest men and women who love him and feel called to serve him in our government. I pray we will once again be a nation under God. I am convicted as I consider my own prayer life today.

Let’s not give up because we feel there is nothing we can do. We can pray. We can hold our leaders accountable. We can make phone calls and write letters. We are still free to voice our opinions. And if God directs, we can get involved.

This is still the best nation on earth and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I pray for olive trees and fig trees!