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November 7, 2012

Fort Faith: Politics do not decide moral standards

By Barrett Vanlandingham

— We all know that the elected leaders we put into office decide which laws are approved on the local, state and national scene.

One thing that does not change after an election is God’s view on how we should conduct ourselves.  

In Matthew 5:18 Jesus says, “For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”

How unsettling it would be to serve a God who constantly changed his mind. Thankfully, the Bible reads the same today as always.

As long as we are on this earth, we can be assured that people will continue to make errors in judgment. That includes our lawmakers, no matter who you support. As the years go by, laws change to reflect the mindsets in our culture.

There will continue to be laws approved that do not meet Godly standards. The apostle Paul wrote these words.

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor (1 Cor. 10:23-24).”

The Pharisees and others questioned Jesus about how to handle issues of loyalty to government.

The simplicity of Jesus’ answer astonished his listeners. Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. And they were amazed at him (Mark 12:17).”

So how does this apply to us today?

Simply put, there are always going to be laws on the books that allow people to make decisions contrary to God’s will.

This does not mean, however, that just because something is legal according to the law of the land, that it also meets God’s standards.

Obviously, the list of behaviors that fits this description is too long for this article.

Students in my Bible classes have asked questions about when is it legal for them to engage in certain behaviors.

I always tell them that Christians never get old enough to receive God’s approval for disobeying His will. Our decisions must be measured by God’s truth.

 Christians should show proper respect for our governing authorities and for God (Titus 3:1-8, Romans 13:1-7, 1 Pet. 2:13-17), especially since God has a history of causing authorities to rise and fall (Daniel 2:21).  

So please include them in your prayers (1 Tim. 2:1-2). Have a great week!

Reach Barrett Vanlandingham at the Fort Gibson Church of Christ at (918) 478-2222 or barrett@ftgcc.org.