Well Wishes…

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Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together. ~Linda Thompson

 

No, this is not a political website, nor a platform for asserting social viewpoints concerning government activities…

However, on this day, I am making a bit of an exception. It is also a day when we swear in the 45th President of the United States, Mr. Donald J. Trump. Needless to say, he is not the most popular man we have ever elected to the highest office in our nation’s republic.

But this is notย a unique day in American history, but yet another day in our history. Other men who have held the office of President were not popular as they took charge. Rather than list them one by one, here is a link to a handful of the “10 most hated US Presidents” in American history from a Google search done this morning…

http://www.answers.com/article/1183821/the-10-most-hated-us-presidents-in-history

Yet, our country grew in certain ways under their leadership. And we, as not only Christian men and women, but as citizens of the greatest nation on this earth, blessed by God and formed upon His greatest principles, we have a duty…an obligation which is not to be taken lightly.

Our mission is to set before God and other people a Christ-like example of dedication, as far as it is possible, to support the goals and policies of this new administration. We find these passages in the word of God concerning obedience to earthly authority:

“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same.”

~Romans 13:1-3

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.”

~1 Timothy 2:1-3

“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.”

~1 Peter 2:13-14

“And Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at Him.”

~Mark 12:17

If we serve the Lord our God first in our lives, we must do our best to serve His will on earth. If we intend to do that much, we will follow His commands concerning our government. Our role as followers of the Savior has not changed just because we have a new President, despite his popularity ratings.

Instead of protesting against Mr. Trump, we should pray to God for him, that he may conduct himself acceptably in the eyes of God and for the benefit of all people. He is our nation’s new leader, but he is not our judge, for that is God’s right as our Creator.

We may not agree with everything the President does or says, but we do not have that kind of relationship with any human being on earth, President or otherwise! And if he departs harshly from the laws of God, we are not obligated to agree with him.

But once again, let us all be reminded that we have had this very problem with past administrations concerning the advancement and protection under law of people who practice ungodly activities. It is the way of the world that these things exist, and it shall always be until our Lord puts an end to things as they are now.

Therefore, let us all adopt a willingness to follow the goodness which this new President may bring, and place all things of this new political power in God’s hands. Above all else is the fact that God has a plan for everyone and everything which takes place under the sun. Trust in the Lord even if and when things seem most dismal!

Refs: ~Google~ answers.com~ biblehub.com~ openbible.info~

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15 thoughts on “Well Wishes…

    knittingwithheart said:
    January 21, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Yup… can’t just blame everything on them if we neglect them in our prayers! That’s an interesting review of past presidents… ‘Guess some things never seem to change! :-/ Great post, which I’ll be sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ’œ Jackie@KWH

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      January 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks, Jackie! Nope this country has always had leaders which were unpopular. We always manage to live through it all…

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      knittingwithheart said:
      January 26, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      True… and Lord help us again this time! :-/ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ’œ Jackie@KWH

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    Saleama A. Ruvalcaba said:
    January 20, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Thank-you. Whoever was elected would not have been popular on one side. This is why we must pray. Prayer unifies us! If we live in America we should want America to be great, therefore, we have an obligation to pray for our president, and our nation. God will hear our prayers. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      January 24, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      You bring up a very good point. As I cited in my post, we have a godly obligation to support our leaders as they are a part of God’s plan. As long as they aren’t going boldly against His law, we need to stand in support of them…and pray for national unification.

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    Susan Irene Fox said:
    January 20, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    “we should pray to God for him, that he may conduct himself acceptably in the eyes of God and for the benefit of all people.” I agree wholeheartedly with this.

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      January 20, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you so much, Susan. This is in part how your posts have helped to change my view of people, especially those with whom I may disagree.

      I am to love them, pray for them, and set an example for them…but not to judge them in any way. That’s God’s job!

      Thank you so much for the comment!

      Steve

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      Susan Irene Fox said:
      January 21, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      Bless you, Steve. I will be doing much praying for our leaders these next few years. โค

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      January 24, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Yes…we need prayers! It will be a long and heavy four years for Trump if people continue to protest in the streets on or the air every single day about him or his advisers…

      I think things will “settle down” in a while if Mr. Trump doesn’t do something to “stir the pot” again…and that’s always possible with him!

      God has a reason for him sitting in the president’s chair. Be it good or bad, we need to accept it.

      Good to see you again! I don’t think I wished you a happy New Year yet, so may this year be very good to you!

      Steve

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      Susan Irene Fox said:
      January 24, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      Thank you, Steve, and you as well.
      BTW, I think peaceful demonstrations are a good thing; it lets the administration know what’s important to the people he serves. And with you, I pray President begins to settle down and settle into the office, and discern and choose his battles with wisdom.
      May God’s wisdom and purpose rule over us all.
      โค

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      January 24, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      Some very good points, Susan. It should be clear to Mr. Trump what is important to the American people, as they voted for much of his agenda.

      But you are right…he needs to act with more compassion and stop his rhetoric. He needs to learn how to express himself in a way which does not offend, even when he might not agree with some point or group of people.

      A Godly leader would be a refreshing change in DC! Have a good day, Susan…

      ๐Ÿ™‚

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    peggyjoan42 said:
    January 20, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Learn to get along – strive for peace and unity. My prayer today for Donald Trump was – God please guide him as he leads this country. Give this man a chance to prove himself before you condemn him. Let your light shine for good in this world. Good post Steve.

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      January 20, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      What a tremendous prayer, Peggy! You got the message I was trying to get across…just give Mr. Trump a chance and see what happens. He has some good advisers around him to help mold him as President…thanks for the comment!

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      peggyjoan42 said:
      January 21, 2017 at 1:20 am

      The negativity in this world needs to stop. The president does not run this country by himself – people always forget that.

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      January 24, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Amen to that! There are a lot of others, in and out of office, who contribute to the turmoil. People do seem to forget that fact…

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