March 10 – Gospel Readthrough – Luke 20

Read Luke 20:1-47

I have never been a politically minded person.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe there are things that we, as followers of Christ, should do to participate in politics to a certain extent, and there are opinions that I have on issues that I hold firmly to, but, outside of that, I’ve never paid much attention to it.

One of the main reasons I am so disengaged from it is because of what politics has turned into today. Rather than fighting for the future of a country, we seem more concerned with empty promises, name calling and fighting over opinions. There is no common ground…it’s either left or right. Just the other day, I pulled next to a car that had a bumper sticker cursing our President and anyone that voted for him.

I’ve seen more maturity from my 4-year-old.

I wonder if any of these feelings I personally hold to are similar to the ones people felt in the day of Jesus. Apart of our reading today is people asking Jesus if they should pay taxes to an oppressive Roman government.

I love Jesus’ response!

“Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?”

“Caesar’s”, they said

“Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

Simple as that.

If you are a follower of Christ, our command is as clear as day. We are to fulfill our civic duties as citizens of a country and are to honor and respect those in authority (Romans 13:1-7).

I can certainly understand being frustrated with certain people’s actions and opinions, especially a President’s, but let me ask you this…

When was the last time you prayed for our President?

When was the last time you prayed for the Vice President?

Was it when your party was in office?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t see and fine print in Luke 20 or Romans 13 to say just Democrats or Republican’s.

My challenge to you is simple: check yourself and pray for those in authority.

Despite your political affiliation, these people have been placed where they are by God (Romans 13:1) Himself. Who are we to disagree and fight against His actions?

Do you struggle with honoring and respecting those in office? Do you need to change your perspective?

As we say all the time here at Grace, it’s okay to not be okay but it’s not okay to stay that way.

Seek forgiveness to God for your past thoughts and actions and commit to live a life that honors God and those who He puts in office.

Jake Lawson

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