On Revering Caesar...


Imagine this stratagem...


You are well-renowned and respected in your field and almost every one of those things concerning your ideologies. Your aim is to, maybe someday, be a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, or something close to that caliber. You fear God, and you worship His Name. And so you veer away from uselessness and make yourself indispensable and highly productive in the world, as much as you know how.


You've travelled to Asia, Africa, and Europe...and you hope to travel to the rest of the continents of the world. Everywhere you go, you constantly sow seeds of kindness and altruism in the lives of those ones who cannot even dream to repay you. And then, there's this thing about your heart...you've fallen in love three times, in each of those three continents...and every single time you've gotten your heart spliced into three sections. But you remained unrelentless in the plight of finding love...and you believe you will...really soon.


You are all these and more...but there's one thing lacking. Your RESPECT for Government. You've looked at the scrolls and even the constitution, but many things are opposite to your way of thinking...or let us say opposite to the laws of God. If Jesus came right now, many of the people in the Government might very well go to hell...at least according to you. And who knows? You may just be right...


BUT that does not mean that you should not revere Caesar. Oh yes, you need to give the Government the respect that is due to them. When Jesus was here, He briefly said at some point, "Render to Caesar those things that are Caesar's, and to God those things that are God's."


God has not called you to be an insurrectionist. Or to be in rebellion against the Government. Not that you should necessarily be "a part" of Government, no that's not what I'm implying here. But you must learn to respect your leadership and play your own little role in improving the laws of the land. You were not called to be the judge and to point out who the devil is in Government, or the angel (although you must not be foolish as not to know). You were called to be a "LIGHT" shining in the midst of darkness. You were created to have dominion in your own little area, and then let's see if the world will not change at your own end.


Today, the call is just to be respectful of leadership...not just Government, but every form of leadership that God has allowed.


Copyright: Light Her Lamp, 2009
Painting by Derek McCrea.

17 comments:

Gee said...

just taking my spot..off to read
xx

Gee said...

nice lesson Jaycee.
me like well well!

Rita said...

Just recently I read something on respect for authorities and praying for our leaders/government. It made me realize that God does not want us to take authority placed over us for granted, no matter how bad it may seem.

This post is really a great reminder and food for thought. How else do we want to bring glory to God in that area?

Olufunke said...

Thanks for this reminder, I find myself guilty some times.....you know I take some for granted.
and like Rita said, 'How else do we want to bring glory to God..........

Thanks!

blogoratti said...

Your writings are always so beautiful-but more importantly insightful.
It's not easy in these modern times not to be overly critical about the government and or leadership,but like you have pointed out-it makes for a better land,if individualy we stop with the criticisms and actually play our own little roles...

Tisha said...

nice
i understand spiritual authority
not meant to oppose authority...
and the like...

Kafo said...

i don't know
still thinking this one through

the application would be hard

how do you respect and revere when you disagree with them?

can you respectfully break the laws imposed by ceasar?

Debbie said...

I think that the more, more of us pray for those in authority the better for us as God will influence their decision and policies that glorify him will be implemented.
I need to do more of that

leggy said...

yup yup...really agree.

Rose said...

Respect for Authority is really Important. And though we may not always approve of the decisions and stands taken, we should pray for the best instead of rebelling against them.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful message.

Jaycee said...

Thanks everyone for your input...

Kafo...after thinking about what you wrote, my answer is that no we can't "respectfully" break the laws because there is no respect in doing that. And I agree that we will not necessarily agree with every rule of the Government, but there is no disorder in hierarchy, and we must recognize it as children of God. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego respected King Nebuchadnezzar, but NOT for one moment did they bow down to his god.

God bless everyone...really appreciate your thoughtful insights as we all LEARN God's word together as blogsville's family...:)

adebanji said...

I whole heartedly agree!

Naija Chickito said...

Hey, Still doing a good job, I can see.
Great post. I'm back. Thanks for peeping in once in a while. How are you?

DEXcentric said...

guess its often easier to try to insulate ourselves from 'the world' and culture, instead of prayerfully engaging it... nice reminder..

wellsbaba said...

the bible says pray for the goodness of jerusalem.....the bible does urge us as christians to be noble law abiding and patriotic citizens...
my dear thanks for this reminder long time.... i'm back blogging o

oluremi said...

hey jaycee, everytime am here.sometin pops in2 my spirit. Thanks for sharing ur insights with us all.
Thanks

uNWrItten* said...

this is nice...being able to distinguish from each kind of authority,its important to learn that..hows your weekend been?