January, 2012

Reflections on Civil Government

The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice!  – Psalm 97:1

Those who bemoan the moral and social disinter-gration of American culture are often right.  But when they speak to us in such a way as to stir up fear and panic in our hearts, they are wrong.  Our God reigns, and therefore we need not—we must not—be afraid as we exercise our civic responsibilities, no matter what seems to be going on around us.  – Charles Drew

Many seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the Lord that a man gets justice. – Proverbs 29:26

“What makes the temptation of power so seemingly irresistible?  Maybe it is that power offers an easy substitute for the hard task of love.  It seems easier to be God than to love God, easier to control people than to love people, easier to own life than to love life.”   – Henri Nouwen

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good and pleases God our Savior… – 1 Timothy 2:1-3