Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. ROMANS 13:1, NIV
Each year for the past several years I’ve been thrilled to spend a week as camp pastor at a summer camp. My two boys get to participate in the many wonderful camp activities, they make lifelong friends, and they learn from a bunch of really great camp leaders and staff. Each time I go, I discover something new. A couple of years ago when I was there, I spent some time exploring along a wooden boardwalk that goes all the way around the lake. Another year, I came across a little beach area near my cabin, where I watched a turtle come up the sandy beach, dig a hole in the sand, and lay eggs. Another year, a staff member took me to a lookout, deep a wonderful variety of birds I wouldn’t have seen without his help. My favorite moment was when he pointed out a huge nest in the top of a tree. The nest was huge- at least four feet across and about seven or eight feet tall! I thought to myself, “Wow that is one big bird!” To my delight, he told me that it was their nest of a pair of bald eagles. A little while later we spotted the eagles flying high over the camp.
Since the bald eagle is the national bird of the United States, I felt very patriotic watching them fly around. The business of running a country sometimes gets ugly, though. As you get older, you will notice that politics of then brings out the worse in people. It is our responsibility to do our best to choose good leaders to lead the country we live in, but regardless of who ends up elected, GOD says we are to respect and honor the governing authorities.
It’s impossible to have an election where 100 percent ate happy with the results; our duty is not to complain and criticize but to accept and respect the authorities that have been established.