Honor the President

1 Peter 2:17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.

Acts 23:2-5 The high priest Ananias commanded those standing beside Paul to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Do you sit to try me according to the Law, and in violation of the Law order me to be struck?” But the bystanders said, “Do you revile God’s high priest?” And Paul said, “I was not aware, brethren, that he was high priest; for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’”

President Obama was my least favorite President of those I have lived under, but it was a rare week that I didn’t pray for him and ask God to give him wisdom, to fill him with a knowledge of God’s will, and to protect him from the evil one. Our Governor, Kate Brown is my least favorite politician of all kinds, for all time, but I pray for her as well. I disagree with most of the decisions of our governor, I have written many emails to her office communicating that fact, and I signed the petition trying to recall her. If Joe Biden gets elected President he will take over top spot, or rather bottom spot from both Obama and Kate Brown.

I get in discussions, like most of you, with other people, both verbal and in writing about the politics of the day and my view about things, and some of them get fairly heated. But I try very hard to remember that there is a right way and a wrong way to talk about a leader of our country. A wrong way is to make jokes about them that are mean, rude, and insulting, though they may be funny. A wrong way is to call them derogatory names, though when you hear someone else do it, you smile. I have blown my commitment to honor the leaders of our country occasionally, but I try to remember to confess it to the Lord as sin and repent of ever doing it again before going to sleep.

I have read so many crude comments, heard so many very rude jokes, and seen so many stupid cartoons about the fly that landed on Vice President Pence’s head during the debate in the last day. Really, what does that have to do with anything. If I did that, what would that say about my character, my maturity, and my fear of the Lord.

Matthew 7:12 “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

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