Thursday, May 27, 2010

Above or Below the Law

The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots means that your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules. Therefore, O king, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue. Daniel 4:26-27

King Nebuchadnezzar learned a lesson few rulers and politicians are blessed with learning. The lesson that God is real and that He does indeed rule over all kings. Our prosperity may seem to be due to our industrious nature, our commitment to hard work, and even our ingenuity and innate goodness. In fact, while these are good traits to possess, it is the Lord that gives us prosperity. In the United States, we elect our rulers from among our citizens. They serve at the pleasure of the people and are subject to the Constitution and its subordinate laws. It has become common place that our leaders feel that they are above the law and that few, if any are answerable to anyone, let alone God or the people. Take the current situation with Rep. Joe Sestak's (D-Pa.), the congressman has made the allegation that he was offered the office of the Secretary of the Navy in exchange for his dropping his run for the senate. The white house, as white houses before them, is throwing up walls and is unwilling to share what it did and who was involved. News outlets are starting to call this Obama’s Watergate and I am sure gate will be attached to this thing sooner later as always seems to happen. What is sad is that this already sounds familiar. The Former governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, knows all too well how the wheeling and dealing of a senate seat can effect ones career, but I seem to remember the white house denying any involvement in that affair as well. My point is not that the truth will come out at some point. I believe that anyone can be redeemed, including our politicians. If we are willing to humble ourselves and acknowledge the Lord, if we are willing to renounce our sins, God can and will redeem and heal us. The question remains, will we choose Him and His ways, will we openly defy the true and living God of creation?

At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. Daniel 4:34

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