May
27

How Should American Christians Interpret 1 Timothy 2:1-2.

By
Pastor Dr. Don Pickney

Pastor Dr. Don Pickney

Day and Night Post Wire – Dr. Don Pickney, M.Div. / Th.D.

“How should Christians in America interpret this scripture with respect to criticisms of our national leaders?

1 Timothy 2:1-2 KJV. “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

It is important that the Bible admonitions of prayer never be used to impede our responsibilities as citizens to passionately engage our national leaders, who are not “rulers,” but paid servants of the people.

The United States is an experiment in authority. Unlike ancient cultures, (i.e. King George at the inception of our nation), the kings, emperors, etc. in Bible times were “rulers of the people.” God allowed the U.S. to the very first experiment in republican democracy.

What’s different? The top authority is “We The People.” Totally upside down from ancient “kingdoms,” the U.S. is not a kingdom.  Rule is entirely “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Presidents are Executive Administrators of national issues… Not hired to direct issues, change cultures, but rather to be a “servant of “we the people.”

Congressmen are representatives “of the people,” one house (Representatives) create the laws desired “by their constituents,” while the other congressional house (Senate) makes certain of the correct letter of the laws.

“We the people” ARE THE GOVERNMENT!  God ordained “we the people” to be a revolutionary form of “rule,” with the freedom to engage our “leadership,” to critique, make our arguments of their leadership known, to impeach when appropriate, and remove them from office when we determine their unfitness to serve us.”

You won’t see this reported on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC or any other main stream media.

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