Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. Romans 13
Last night’s debate left me discouraged. I’m not going to use this family and parenting platform and allow politics to divide us, but let’s just say the outcome wasn’t what I had hoped.
I grew up in Ronald Reagan’s America. I was in third grade when I realized that I was really proud of my president. I admired him. Respected him. I can still recall watching his State of the Union addresses and I clearly remember his response after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Like anything, you don’t really know how good you have it until worse comes along. And I’m tired of worse.
I love this country. And when you love something, you hope for the best, believe the best, and try to do something about the things that need fixing. I woke up this morning in a disappointed funk and thought of this verse.
You know, Jesus didn’t grow up with an ideal government. He didn’t even oppose the Romans like so many of his followers were hoping for. And it was the Apostle Paul, who had more than a few run-ins with the law, who wrote those words in Romans 13 that I began the post with. Paul’s hope was not in a government, an elected official, an earthly king. The answer was in serving the people placed in his life and teaching them about the King of Kings. Earthly governments have their jobs to do and as citizens Paul taught about our responsibility living under the rule of whatever established government there was. I wish that somehow I could find happy and purposeful words to finish this little trail of thought but to be honest I am fresh out of happy answers this morning.
I pray for those in leadership in our country with my little army of children almost every day. I am raising my children to make a difference in their community. But the bare minimum I can do in making a difference in this country is to recognize that raising responsible, aware, and informed citizens is a service to America.
I do have great hope when I look across the faces at my breakfast table. I hope you’ll join me in continuing to pray for this nation and continue to look for the good, step in where we can make a difference in our communities, and raise the next generation of leaders for America.