Dignified In Every Way

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

Two days ago the US completed its most recent presidential transition. As per usual, it was an event with a great deal of coverage and fanfare. Maybe more so than any other inauguration, in fact, this one has been carefully scrutinized. This is a time in the history of our nation where many of us are concerned, and many of us are expectant. In the grand scheme of things, such a description of our populace is commonplace, regardless who is going in or out of office. In other words, there is always a concerned group, and there is always a hopeful and expectant group. It is the nature of things.

Wherever it may be that you stand on the matter, it is critical that we all remember where our loyalty is. In addition, it is essential that we remember our responsibility. First and foremost, we are followers of Christ. We are servants of the one and only God. We are children of the eternal King. As a result, we recognize—and we celebrate—that our hope and our future do not rest in the power of any earthly authority. Instead, we put our faith and trust in God Most High. We acknowledge that God is in control, and that he will always do things according to his will.

Our primary responsibility, then, is to continue to live as children who are dearly loved by this great God—because that is exactly what we are. Along the way, we pray for those who are in power, in order that they may say and do the things that will honor God and bring about God’s will in the world. Regardless of how things turn out, however, we must always be vigilant to model Christ in this world.


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