Text Abuse?

The May 16 Hole News drew healthy responses reflecting varying viewpoints. Whenever we tackle divisive social and political issues, two Bible texts are tossed in the mix. I think we abuse both:

Romans 13:1 tells us “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” (KJV) 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (NIV)

When Paul wrote those words, the infamous Nero ruled Rome. Do you imagine God hand-picked this evil man for the job? Wikipedia will tell you the political process of the time.

2 Chronicles 7:14 spoke to rebellious Israel, reinforcing earlier promises. Can 21st century America claim it? To me sure, Hebrew/Christian principles played a big role in our national beginnings, but history  quickly dispels the myth that America was distinctly Christian. Some of the Fathers owned slaves, claiming economic necessity.

It has been said, God established only two institutions: the family and human government. Other social entities were mankind’s doing. We note that family and government bob and weave through history. Old Testament saints practiced polygamy; government moved from tribal chief to parliament and congress. I doubt the Lord maintains a management bureau to oversee the details.

Prayer, however earnest, will not heal our fractured political system. Somehow, we’ll muddle through. Meanwhile, we are called to live within the law as good citizens, doing what we can.

While I can’t do much about Washington, but I can be useful at Woodland Garden. Let’s stand and sing Brighten the Corner Where You Are. All verses.

Old Grandpa Lloyd