Ok folks, we are back to this whole “vengeance is mine, thus saith the Lord.” I guess what started me on this track was thinking about our current President, politicians in general, and comments in the media, on blog sites and some conversations I’ve had. Like him or hate him, he was elected by the majority of the populace. Non-Christians need not worry about this, but Christians need to understand that this man is not only the President but, like each and every one of us, is just a man. A sinner, made in the image of God, with all the flaws and foibles of us all. We are all under the same curse, “for sin comes death.”
I’m singling out the President, because he seems to be a lightning rod for anger. President Obama is who he is through life experiences and whatever religious beliefs he has or has not been exposed to. They have shaped him into the man he is today. We may agree or disagree with him, and that is fine, we don’t have to agree. However, if we disagree with him to the point of hatred we may have crossed a line. Remember who among us is deserving of forgiveness and everlasting life? The answer is given by the apostle Paul, the chiefest of sinners. The answer simply is NO ONE. We are all on the same level. Therefore, shouldn’t we act like Christians and not as murderers? Because, as Jesus demonstrates over in the book of Matthew, the thought is as bad as the deed. Look on a woman with lust and you are as guilty as having committed adultery. If you hate your brother in your heart, then you are guilty of murder.
1 John 3:15 (NASB)
Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
Now the word brother is “adelphos” in the Greek. It means what is says, a brother from the same womb you came out of. Biblically speaking, your brethren are those that profess the faith and are born again. You can argue that the president is not your “brother,” but I am not going out on that limb to start judging people’s salvation. He may or may not be now. He may or may not be at a later date. And let’s not forget, it is stated in the Bible that God sets up the governments on this earth, so he obviously has a plan and will use these leaders for His purposes. Remember Pharaoh? God kept hardening his heart. The world is His, and the creations contained in it are His as well.
Let me get back to topic, via the question “When have you actually prayed for this man on a personal level, not out of vengeance, but for a real heartfelt turning of his spirit?” I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t. I can get just as mad as the next independent conservatively minded person at our politicians.
This in turn led me further into my searchings and musings…
I’ve not done this for a few years now, but I think I am going to look at several passages of scripture in depth. I’m starting with Romans chapter 12 and want to go through verses 14 to 21. Sprinkled through this will be some other verses. Along with that, I like to include the greek definitions for words and the Strong’s numbers to check me out and see if I am reading this right. I am a stickler for getting things right, or as close to right as possible. This, I have found, saves a lot of time and apologies later on down the road. So with that said, I want to focus on the following verses in Romans Chapter 12.
Romans 12:14-21 (NASB)
14 Bless those who persecuteyou; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. 20 “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Read this over, because in my next article, I want to dissect and look at these verses in more depth. I apologize for the shortness of this particular article, but it keeps changing from what I thought my original intention was going to be. Thanks for your patience.
Grace and Peace,