Saturday, March 2, 2013

March 2 – Numbers 16-17

Today’s reading comes from Numbers 16-17. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you read his word.

Are you one to question authority? Do you constantly have something negative to say about those in leadership positions? If so, than today’s reading should scare you. We witnessed the authority and position of both Moses and Aaron severely questioned by a group of Israelites. This made God very angry and it ended with the revolters and their families either being swallowed up by the ground or consumed in fire. God did not want his chosen leadership of Moses to be questioned.

I think it is dangerous for us to constantly be questioning the leadership we have. No matter if it is elders or ministers in the church, elected city officials, school board members, or even the President of the United States, I think it can be dangerous. Now when I say question, I mean to disobey, to cause real turmoil and heartache, to make their job anything but a joy. In our political landscape we elect our officials, and hopefully we elect men and women who are in align with our philosophies. Sometimes though we may not be part of the majority and there is someone serving we have different philosophical ideas with. How do you respond to them? Do you argue against their ideas and direction with positive uplifting discussion? Absolutely! Do you talk with hate and discord towards them. Absolutely NOT!

I think we see the hate and discord too much in our nation right now. Our country is truly divided with completely opposite ideas of what is best for our country. While I have a fundamental philosophical difference with our current President nowhere in me do I have hate for him and his family? Too many Christians I talk with do, and that saddens and upsets me. Whether he was chosen by God to be president, or simply allowed by God to be president, he is the President of the United States. Because of his position, and simply because he is a human being, but most of all, because God is allowing him to be president he deserves my respect. How about yours?

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