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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

"Honor all people... Honor the King." True regarding Emperor Nero, applicable regarding President Obama as well.

In his sermon this past Lord's Day, Mitch Chase observed-- based on 1 Peter 2:17-- that we must honor those in authority in the way that we speak.

Mitch cautioned Kosmosdale Baptist Church that he has heard many Christians disobeying this principle in the way that we speak about President Obama.

I think Mitch makes a good point; I think that, if we are not careful, we can allow the way that we speak about the President to be more influenced by conservative talk radio than by the Word of God.

I was in  middle school when Bill Clinton was voted into presidential office. At that time, I remember many evangelicals were extremely concerned due-- for example-- to his position on abortion and to rumors concerning his personal life. But I heard a few wise Christian brothers say that even though we disagree with the man, we respect the office. By the time Mr. Obama became president, I heard very few evangelicals mention respecting the office. The change in attitude is due, I think, to a number of factors: for example, President Clinton's adulterous actions while in the White House dishonored the office, and later the liberals' vicious attacks on President George W. Bush created an environment in which saying, 'the President is stupid and I hate him' was considered normal.

But Christians cannot allow the way we act or speak to be dictated by the standards of the world. Though we may-- and must!-- speak out against any unjust policies or major unjust actions of our President, we must-- as much as possible-- yet honor him.

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