They stand this day according to Your ordinances. Each is convinced that their choice is more Christian. Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. Submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel. Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. Greet all your leaders and all the saints. Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. I D Magistrates ethics, incentives towards Administration Civic Righteousness “You shall appoint for yourself judges and officers in all your towns which the Lord your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. We should either blame (or give credit to) those who choose to vote the way they do, not God. F Again, God interfered in this case because it was an essential part of his plan to ultimately save humanity from their sins. Do not trust in political leaders but trust in God. This is a bad assumption. I trust God to find the right balance of helping us without forcing us. ‣ ... And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you. Personally, I know Christians who are Republicans and ones who are Democrats. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Love one another with brotherly affection. ‣ If the authorities that exist have been established by God (Rom 13:1) why do conservative candidates or the more Christian candidates not always win the election? Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Leaders have the power to lead people in the wrong direction (1 Kings 16:2), and God holds those in leadership positions responsible when they lead His people the wrong way. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. Would they have a soul? He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. As time went on the Israelites did NOT follow God’s guidelines for choosing their leaders. Geocoding Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Y Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ‣ Blog, A Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers. Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.