Those living in America know that this is tragic day for our country. Today, September 11th, is the thirteenth anniversary of the terrorist attack on the two towers in New York. I'd love to say that I think it's gotten better since then, but sadly, I don't believe that at all.
I was watching the President's Address on TV last night, where he was addressing the threats by ISIS. For those who don't know, they are a Middle Eastern terrorist group who are currently responsible for the death of several thousand people, many of whom are Christians. The death toll is rising, and will continue to rise if they aren't stopped.
In the address, the president said that America would take action against them. But in reality, they're not planning to do much. We're not actually fighting them. Yes, we are taking some action, but perhaps not enough to actually make a big difference.
It frustrates me that our country isn't doing much to stop them.
I've been reading through Romans lately, and today, the chapter for me to read was Romans 13, and the beginning of this chapter stuck out to me, especially with everything that's going on lately.
"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. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment upon themselves." (v.1-2)
It's funny how God provides just the right scripture for me to read in different situations. I would say that it was a crazy coincidence, but I don't believe in such. I think God has everything happen for a reason.
But anyway, into what these verses are saying. They're saying that we should honor the authorities, because God has established them. It's not saying that he have to like who's in charge. It's saying that we should still respect them and obey them, or else we will bring judgment upon ourselves.
I may not agree with the government's stance on some things. But that's okay. As long as I respect those over me and obey their laws, I'm doing what God has commanded.
However, I will continue to be praying for those suffering overseas, and I encourage you all to do a same. Terrorism is at a high right now, and those who fall victim to it need our prayer. I pray that God will cause us to step out of ourselves, to set aside our selfishness, and try to help those who really need it.