Wednesday, November 22, 2017
1st Timothy 2:1-4: 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. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
It was pointed out to me a long time ago, no matter if I agreed with the current president's philosophies, politics, or personal life, it is my obligation as a citizen to not bad mouth the guy. It was my obligation as a Lutheran Christian citizen to speak about everyone, politics or otherwise, well of him and speak the truth in the kindest way. And today, Scripture is saying the exact same thing.
Back in the time of the early Church, what Paul was telling, first to Timothy as a pastor and then to the congregations he was serving, to pray for those who were persecuting them and threatening their homes, their livelihoods, even their lives. The government, at the leadership of the Emperor, was trying to get rid of the Church because he perceived it as a threat. God, through St. Paul was saying, pray for those who are trying to get rid of the Church who loves the Lord Jesus Christ and trying to bring salvation and life to the world. Why? So that the Church may live in peace and to allow the Church to live and spread the Gospel of Jesus without reprisal.
God through St. Paul is saying the same thing to us. You may not like the guy in leadership. You may completely disagree with his philosophies, politics, and personal life. However, God calls you to pray for him and gives thanks for him so that we can spread the Gospel message of salvation by means of Jesus and His life, death, resurrection, and ascension in peace. Let us have a great Thanksgiving Day tomorrow, be safe and full of joy with family and friends. God bless today, tomorrow, and every day in Your peace, Amen!
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.