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The 4th of July – Independence Day

1 Timothy 2:1-4

1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Today is not a day to think Republican – Democrat – or Independent. Today is not the day to be the resistance or to be a member of Trump’s troops. It is not a day to attack each other – or to attack those whose ideology is different than ours. Today is a day to celebrate our freedom as a nation. It is Independence Day. It is the day our nation declared its independence from the Old Country and decided to begin a new as a new nation.

Too many people – thinking themselves wise and even some thinking themselves prophetic – have attacked our current President and our current Congress (and other leaders as well). We have the freedom to express ourselves. For one day – please – let us put our differences behind us. Today is a day to be united and to thank God for His mercy and grace on our nation. To thank God for America – with all of our warts and scares. We are still the greatest nation in the world IMHO.

I hope we all get a chance to spend time with our family and/or friends this 4th of July. I plan to spend part of the day with my church family and part of the day with my biological family. I plan to pick up my wife from the airport (she has been away for a week). I hope we all have someone to spend some time with for the 4th. If not – go out and find someone! Be united with someone and enjoy our freedom. Celebrate Independence Day!

Whether we agree with those in power today in our government or not – we should keep them all in our prayers because this pleases God. Paul wrote these words to a young pastor – 1 Timothy 2:1-4 – 1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

In another Epistle – Paul wrote these words – Romans 13:1 – Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. These words were written to a people under Roman rule – which was harsh and even life threatening to Christians. Christians were being killed and martyred by Roman authority and yet God calls them to pray for their leaders – even – Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.

Before we are critical of our leaders – past – present – or future – we need to pray for them and pray that God would use them to His glory. I have found that if I pray – even for my enemies – it is hard for me to be angry with them – no matter how deserving they might be of such anger.

Today (and everyday) – remember our leaders in our prayers and celebrate our freedom as a nation. Happy 4th everyone! Happy Independence Day!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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July 4, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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