5 Minute Read + Scripture readings

Today’s Bible Reading:

Joshua 6:6-27
Psalms 135-136
Isaiah 66
Matthew 14

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Matthew 14:3-4 (CSB): “For Herod had arrested John, chained him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, since John had been telling him, ‘It’s not lawful for you to have her.’”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

I had an incredibly busy day today (I write each of my devotional blog posts at least a day before they drop). So, I simply looked back to see what I may have written on any of the passages in today’s Bible readings. I came across an article I wrote on January 21 2017, when President Trump was sworn into office. Here it is…

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Yesterday, the 45th president of the United States was sworn into office. According to God’s Word, regardless of whether or not we like those who are in authority, we are commanded by our God to submit to them and regularly pray for them (see Romans 13:1; 1 Timothy 2:1-2).

But, that does not mean that we keep our mouths closed when our government, or the individuals in positions of leadership, do wrong. In fact, when we look at the verses for today, we see John the Baptist speaking against the evils of “king” Herod.

Why did John care about Herod’s sinful lifestyle? Simply put – a leader’s lifestyle will, to one extent or another, define what is right and wrong for those who are under their authority. So, John the Baptist called out sin when he saw it even in someone who claimed no relationship with the Lord.

Our 45th president is not without his flaws. His previous (and present?) lifestyle, and his refusal to repent of any of it, is well documented. While we are praying for him and are grateful for his generous references to Jesus and God’s Word, we should never be seen to condone what is horribly offensive to God. (We’re not talking about the small things. We ALL sin.)

Why?

Because his lifestyle will eventually redefine what is right and wrong in our country. The Church simply cannot preach against sin in the church house on Sunday and affirm it in the White House on Monday.

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Lord Jesus, I know that I’m not perfect. I also know that not a single person on this earth is perfect either. So, help me not to be a Pharisee, finding it easy to point out sin in other people. But, at the same time, help me to take personal holiness seriously and desire for the leaders of the United States to at least live moral lives. Help me never to give their moral flaws a pass simply because I like what else they are doing for me and the country. Doing so will greatly harm the Gospel message that so many unbelievers desperately need to hear and believe. Amen.

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