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The Scriptures has a lot to say about the outward appearance of men. The Pharisees in Matt. 23:2-7 reminds us of many a politician today.
Matthew 23:2-9 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: (3) All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, [that] observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. (4) For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay [them] on men's shoulders; but they [themselves] will not move them with one of their fingers. (5) But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, (6) And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, (7) And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
It does not take much to put a spiritual application on the above verses and to apply them to our officials. The Bible tells us to pray for the powers that be and the way it looks a lot of prayer is needed.
1 Timothy 2:1-3 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks, be made for all men; (2) For kings, and [for] all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. (3) For this [is] good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
One of the wicked things we can do is to justify our sins by the sins of those in authority. We are to live an honest life regardless of dishonesties and whited sepulchres of our government.
The Apostle Paul was a good citizen despite the corruption of Roman government. Below are a few points on how to behave in this present evil world.
1. Pay your taxes.
Luk 20:25 And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's.
2. Obey the police.
Rom 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.
3. Render honour, custom and fear to those in authority.
Romans 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute [is due]; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
4. If you love your country living righteously can help exalt it.
Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people.
5. Do not try and bribe or use shaded means to get around the law.
Proverbs 17:23 A wicked [man] taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
You would think that Christians would not have to be reminded of their civil duties and citizenship, but they do.
I know coming from Chicago and seeing some of the local corruption and seeing the dishonesty and sins of some of our national leaders it is easier to be tempted to follow suit. But brethren we are under a higher law then any politician or government official.
Jam 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
We are the sons of God and the King of Kings is the royalist of them all. Therefore, being born again of royal seed our example is not corrupt politicians or leaders but our Lord Jesus Christ.
Here on earth you maybe a citizen to what is temporal, but your eternal citizenship is above---you have a higher standard then any earthy official, you are adopted royalty.
Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Hebrews 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
If you are not 100% sure that you are going to
Heaven when you die, enter in at the the door:
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.