21 Days of Giving Thanks – Day 16

In an effort to emphasize the season of Thanksgiving, I’m celebrating it all through the month of November. Earlier I explained my 21 Days of Giving Thanks challenge (which you can read about here). Today let’s give thanks for one more aspect of government.

Day 16 – Give Thanks for thed Executive Branch of the Government

As I write this, I realize one of the most divisive topics in our nation may be the role and character of the President of the United States of America. Now, I do think we may need a little history lesson if we think this is a problem unique to our generation. Politics have always been divisive, and particularly the personality of the the man behind the desk in the Oval Office.

But think of this. During the reign of Nero, a pagan Roman emporer who used the heads of Christians as torches for his dinner parties, Peter wrote this to his fellow believers,

“Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.”
~1 Peter 2:17

Talk about a radical, turn-the-world-upsidedown kind of mentality. I think God puts before us some of the most extreme examples we can comprehend so that his intentions become crystal clear. There’s no exegetical loophole here. The meaning of the text is plain. If this is how Christians should respond to a tyrannical, maniacal Roman emporer, how much more should we honor our elected officials?

You may be pumped about Trump. You may be sickened by him. But, for every Christian, we ought to give thanks for the opportunity to elect and pray for both our president, vice-president, and their accompanying cabinet. What better way to show honor than to publically pray for them with thanksgiving?

Challenge: Thank God for members of the executive branch of the government by name at dinner tonight. Pray for their salvation and testimony.


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