If people were angels and had no sin there would be no need for government. Since people are sinful and need to be restrained in their evil ways, God in His wisdom established government with this mandate: “Let every soul be subject to the governing authority. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God….For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil” (Romans 13:1-4).
That government is composed of sinful people presents a problem. The framers of the Constitution of the United States, being familiar with the Bible which declares “The heart of man is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9), provided the three branches of government for one to restrain the other.
Christians are urged to pray for “all who are in authority, that we may lead quiet and peaceful lives in all godliness and reverence” (1 Timothy 2:2), a worthy goal in itself. This passage goes on to imply that such quiet and peaceful lives are the setting in which this Good News may be proclaimed: “God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all” (2:4-6). Come to Peace Lutheran Church to thank God that until now the U.S. government has provided this setting. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord (Isaiah 55:8). This is true of many aspects of life. The greatest mystery, however, is that God abundantly forgives. “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous person his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that He may have mercy, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon” (55:7).
These words were written to those who were sacrificing their children to the Canaanite fertility gods (2Kings 16:3), following the ways of Sodom (Isaiah 1:10), and whose religious practice was a cover up for their evil life (1:12-15). Could God forgive them? Can He forgive the sacrifice of the unborn at the abortion clinics of our day? Can He forgive those today who engage in the sins of Sodom (Gen. 19)? Can He forgive the usage of Christianity to cover up fraud, injustice, and bribery?
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways” (Isaiah 55:9). God must punish sin, yet He mysteriously calls to the sinner, “Let him return to the Lord, that He may have mercy, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” This follows Isaiah 53:6, “God laid upon Him (a prophecy of Jesus Christ) the iniquity of us all.”
Come to Peace Lutheran Church to hear this Good News. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
The government schools of the nation promote the theory of evolution, which ultimately rules out God, which in turn eliminates any absolute rules for living, which makes morality a matter of majority opinion. “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25), a comment on the moral chaos of another era. Prisons are full and the nation builds more. Forty percent of the babies are born of unmarried mothers. Drugs plague this nation, which leads to robbery and murder. The nation is redefining marriage. Suicide is one of the higher causes of death among us. The unborn people are killed at the rate of 4000 a day. Does this make the government educational establishment proud of how successful they are?
Unless the people of this nation resist this evolutionary idea of origins and return to the God who created the world, this nation will drown in red ink. Think of the additional costs of trying to police a people who have no respect for authority, healing the diseases spread by sexual immorality, providing counseling and medicines for those who are mentally troubled. “The wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt” (Isaiah 57:20). Yet even greater consequences shall befall those who ignore Him.
The Creator provides forgiveness through Jesus Christ, crucified for our sins, was raised to life. He also provides healing, help, and a new life to all who return to Him.
Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.