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Following God One Step at a Time

We are at a Crossroad

on January 23, 2017

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Where do we go now?  We have a choice. 

Do we follow Republicans or do we follow God?

Who do we give our allegiance to?

Our allegiance is to God, the Father, and His son Jesus Christ.  Our priority is to follow Jesus, to learn His teachings.  We do not give anything truly valuable to leaders of this world, Republicans or Democrats nor any other political group. 

Laws govern our legal behavior, but not our hearts.  Our personal and family decisions need to be made in line with God’s Word.

Although we may like the sound of what our government says – America first, protect ourselves against the rest of the world.  That is not what God’s Word says.

>In Matthew 22:40, Jesus is asked a question and He responds, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

 

Does that sound like America first? No, Jesus clearly says that God is first.  We are to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind.

Does that sound like America should be protected from the world?  No, Jesus clearly says that we are to love other people equal to ourselves.

Further Jesus says that all the law depends on these two commands.  That tells us that our decisions need to be made by putting God first, and by caring for all other people as we see their needs like our own.  When we have a need, we try to fill it.  Jesus says we should treat our neighbors the same way, and help fill their needs.

Even if our government strays from our own priorities, that does not prevent us from doing what we know is right.  We follow God first.  We help those in need.  It may sometimes be hard to do, but it is clear what Jesus tells us to do. 

Let’s follow Jesus, no matter what the government does.  That does not mean violence, because Jesus teaches peace, not violence. 

What we do is act in love and peace in the name of Jesus Christ, to love God and help people in need.

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