I received this comment last week regarding my supposed slandering of soon to be former President George W. Bush. The funny thing was I was trying to defend him in that post about an Iraqi journalist throwing a shoe at him. Okay, I know he’s not the greatest president and many can’t wait to see him out of office but we should give him some props. Why? His work and advocacy for Africa was signifcant and secondly, the reality of extremist terrorists is legit and he navigated the country through uncharted territories especially through post 9/11. But I still don’t support the war in Iraq.
Anyway, read the comment below. Good thoughts for rumination by the commenter who I don’t know. I appreciate the respectful tone in which he communicated his concerns. But honestly, I get very concerned about Christians quoting Scriptures instructing people to “respect our governing authorities and fall in submission to them.”
Really? Yes, let’s respect our leaders. I agree that it’s important but please don’t blindly submit to your leaders. Please don’t tell this to Christians in Burma. Please don’t tell this to people under the terror of Mugabe in Zimbabwe. Please don’t tell this to the 200,000+ Christians that are in concentration camps in North Korea…
Respect is one thing. Blind submission is another. What do you think?
you said that his memoirs would be the biggest selling because he would share things he could not during his presidency as well as an apology.
and i would like to know if he had explicitly communicated that he would issue an apology in his memoir or are you just implying in a back handed way that you view his decisions as huge mistakes to be apologized for?
if not, then i would like to remind you, with respect, the words of romans 13 instructs us that we should respect our governing authorities and fall in submission to them. paul wrote these words as christians were being persecuted and killed. the same apostle instructed us that everything is permissible but not beneficial and you who are mature should always be mindful of the weaker christian.
pastor eugene, as someone whom i greatly respect for the honorable work and service you execute for God, i know that many take your lead and follow it. i just want to express my concern for the weaker christian, as many in our city are theologically deviant and authority hating. I wonder is this sentiment due to the lack of good examples to follow? should we not try to foster a heart that respects our government and authorities no matter how much we disagree?
though its flawed because of sinful humans, in God’s economy we all have our roles. the bible says we submit to the government and the government submits to god.
is it not the christian’s hope that the leader makes his apology to God not us? and is it not the christian’s role to ( regardless of the situation ) repect the government? NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH CONDONE SINS… but address sins in a respectful way? so christ is exalted.
Dr. King set the bar with civil disobedience. he addressed atrocities in a holy yet extremely painful way. instead of borderline gossiping, slandering, and gossiping about the government.
if its something to write about maybe its your responsibility to address the situation respectfully and leave it between you and the government. instead of posting hateful disapproving words that could potentially lead the weaker christian down a bad path.
to be sure, i do not intend this to be a judgement of your heart and person, as im sure everybody knows it is a large and loving one. but it is an expression of concern regarding your followers and their misinterpretation of your words and sentiments.