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Here's a thought for Nov. 19

November 19, 2010
By the Rev. Wesley J. Johnson

Wesley United Methodist Church

Thanks Elected Leaders!

As I write this column we have finished mid-term elections and are looking ahead to the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect back on God's blessings and give thanks. As I reflect back on the election process I am thankful for being able to have a say in who makes decisions in our government.

In 1 Peter chapter 2, the Apostle Peter tells Christians who are being persecuted, "for the Lord's sake accept the authority of every human institution, whether of the emperor as supreme, or of governors..." Peter's intent is for us to recognize and honor human authority even if we don't fully agree with it. He desires us be a good witness before all people so that the name of Christ is honored. The Apostle Paul also writes in Romans chapter 13, "Obey the government, for God is the one who put it there.... The authorities are sent by God to help you."

As we have gone through the season of election campaigning may we not just congratulate the winners and those we voted for but may we express our appreciation to all the candidates that ran wanting to serve the public and make a difference. Thank you to all of our elected leaders whether elected this year or in the past. Thank you to all who serve our cities. The pressures of governing and leadership are great and often the thanks is very little. Thank you to our state and national leaders for doing the best job you can. Be sure to honor those giving leadership for the Lord's sake whether or not you agree with every decision made. We are called to respect and honor those leading our government. We are called to support them through our prayers. As Christians let our attitudes, actions and words show our service to Christ as we respect our elected leaders.



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