Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read Romans 13 (Monday 1/23)
“Let everyone be subject to the ruling authorities” complicated… Trump…Hillary… what are we to do? Thinking about this I was keenly aware of the next verse that speaks of God’s sovereign decision to elect our leaders. But what happens if we have an evil leader? What if they want to do bad or force us to do things that are unChrist-like?
My first thought here is that we can rest in God’s decision to place our leaders over us, knowing He is in control. There have been many evil and wicked leaders that God has used to bring about justice and righteousness for His name sake.
The second thought draws from Jesus’ words “render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and unto God that which is God’s.” Authority has been given to our leaders by God and as I look upon this text I feel the conviction to serve those leaders. Paul in this passage implies governments that are generally seeking good for their people and punishing evil. Today I believe we have a government who does the same and as far as it is biblical and Christ-like we ought to render our new leadership the respect that their offices deserve. We as Christians should be the first to fight for what is right but also to do so in a God honoring and loving way.
Read Romans 14 (Monday 1/23)
For many years I have looked to passages like this one to find out the rules for engagement. What should we be doing or not be doing, in front of or away from others. As I was reading through this passage again I realized something… Christ died so that He could be Lord over all. In our zeal for truth and for right living I think we tend to forget the reason and the way we live rightly and that is Jesus Christ.
Paul, in this passage, is reorienting our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. He is saying, “Stop looking at your good and bad scale and look to Jesus!” We all need to be looking to Jesus for ourselves and allowing others the same vision, to look upon the Son of God and behold his Righteousness and Love. When we are looking to Christ our priorities change and our vision of the world begins to morph. Our lives change coarse and our actions follow suit as we seek the very person we are being conformed to.
Reflections written by Taylor Floyd