God and government

Let's make a list of all the good things we like about America's 200 year history. Then we could make a list of the things we don't like. We all know which list would be longer. We are told in God's Word to pray for all who are in authority (I Timothy 2:1-3). Most laws are not in conflict with the Word of God. In fact, we seldom have to make a choice of either our laws or what God's laws state. There are a few exceptions. The number of these has increased during the last 50 years.

The Bible says much about money and economics. It says to loan and give, not borrow and spend. This may well be interpreted as owing less on anything we borrowed to buy than it is worth. I Timothy 6:7,8 tell us to be content with the very basics of life. We can also look at the examples of Jesus and His followers to get the message. These are not in conflict with our laws. Approximately a 25 percent tax and charity levy was required of God's people in Old Testament times.

In I Corinthians 6:9,10 we find a list of the kind of people that will not go to heaven. The list is long and the list in Galatians 5 is even longer. These sins are totally repulsive to our Holy, loving and gracious God. Some are even called an abomination to God. That means disgustingly repulsive to a Holy God. Thank God that if we turn from sin and ask forgiveness, accept Him, He will forgive us and accept us into His family. Eternal joy in heaven is certainly better than eternal fire in hell.

At the end of each "Chaplain's Corner" we give a list of scriptures to read. If we read those passages each day, week or month, we would read the complete Bible each year. If we read slowly, carefully and prayerfully we would know what God tells us. As America becomes increasingly more ungodly, we should be aware and pray for a returning to God and His Word before it is too late. God blesses obedience and punishes disobedience. God is righteous and just. The majority vote means little to God. Let's live with God and His Word, not someone else's opinion. He blesses or punishes.

For the 2012 Club, Nov. 18 takes us to Ezekiel 19 and Hebrews 13.

Have a good week listening to God.

Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in civic groups and his local church.