So we have a new coalition government! Some of us will be happy about this and others of us, not so much. To be honest I’ve been a bit perturbed about some of the comments I’ve seen and heard from people who profess to be Christians. In the Bible, we read in Paul’s first letter to Timothy……
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness,” 1 Tim 2:1-2.
This week have you made requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving for Jacinda Ardern and the Labour Party, Winston Peters and the NZ First Party, and the Greens? When Paul wrote this letter to Timothy, the notorious and cruel Roman Emperor Nero was in power. He was far more ruthless than any Prime Minister NZ has ever had, and yet the apostle Paul urges Timothy to thank God for Nero.
The reason is that Christians should differ from the world in the way we live our lives. We are to be godly and holy, and that includes the words that come out of our mouths for others to see and hear. Paul says that when we do intercede for and thank God for our leaders then we will live peaceful and quiet lives.
Every NZ political party throughout the ages has had policies that are not of God, so we cannot slam just one party and label them “anti-Christ.” As I said last week, the 2 commands of Christ to “love God first, and love others as we would ourselves” must be taken seriously. Our rule of thumb is “love,” not hate and dissension So let’s not slag off the new government, but rather give them a chance to lead. And, when they fall over at times, which they are sure to do, let’s not say “I told you so!” “Yes” we need to give a voice against policies that may not be right before God, and that is true for whoever is in power, but let’s not be abusive if we didn’t get our choice in the vote.
We all desire a peaceful, quiet life in all godliness and holiness, and Paul gives us pointers on how to get it.
God bless the church in NZ and throughout the world that we will be that light on the hill