So, I have seen so much debate and banter about today’s Supreme Court ruling and I have a few thoughts. As a citizen of the United States, I have the right to share my opinion, and for that I am grateful. I am not in agreement with this decision, not because I don’t think people need to have a health care system that protects them (the merits of whether this system accomplishes that aside). I am not in agreement, because it sets a precedent for our government to have increased authority in other areas of my life, all under the guise of a “tax.”
That said, I am reminded of what Paul wrote to the Romans. Romans 13:1-7 states,
“13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”
So as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! I will avail my self of the freedoms that our Democracy does offer and participate in the Democratic process. We will adhere to the laws, even when we may not agree with them, until such a time as the governing authority crosses the line into Revelation 13:5-8
“The Beast had a loud mouth, boastful and blasphemous. It could do anything it wanted for forty-two months. It yelled blasphemies against God, blasphemed his Name, blasphemed his Church, especially those already dwelling with God in Heaven. It was permitted to make war on God’s holy people and conquer them. It held absolute sway over all tribes and peoples, tongues and races. Everyone on earth whose name was not written from the world’s foundation in the slaughtered Lamb’s Book of Life will worship the Beast.”
Some could say that they believe The Beast has already come, but I’m not quite ready to go that far yet. I do believe that we are closer than we ever have been, and many of the things beyond governmental affairs, such as wars between nations, natural disasters and destruction and the immorality and godless nature of much of the world are right out of the “end times” prophecies.
Don’t think I am going all “Jack Van Impe” on you, but this is a unique time in the history of man, and more so than ever, I do believe that we need to hold onto the promises that have been given to us in the Word. We must make sure that we are guided by His plan, not ours and not anyone else’s.