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Monday Memo - October 15

After yesterday's message, the second in the I Pledge Allegiance... series, I got some requests for a few of the quotes that I used.

Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people, that these liberties are the gift of God? I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just...
Thomas Jefferson

We have no government armed with powers capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
John Adams

... true religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness.
George Washington

These come in the context of the view of the founders that morality and it's only true source, religion/faith, are absolutely necessary to the American experiment. This should encourage all of us that our lives, our faith, our allegiance to God, our prayers are vital to whatever hope our nation has. Thank you for your interest and response to this series.

If you want to dig deeper into some of the sources I am using, they include, The Kingdom Agenda by Tony Evans; Indivisible by James Robinson and Jay Richards; A Free People's Suicide by Os Guinness; Kingdoms in Conflict by Chuck Colson; and Politics According to The Bible by Wayne Grudem.

Please mark Friday, November 2 on your calendar. It is a day in which we can give voice to our requests to God regarding ourselves, our families, our church and our country throughout the day and then gather at 7:00 PM for an enjoyable and meaningful hour of singing and worship. It is one way we can actually be together and "render to God" some of the things that belong to Him!

Check the bulletin and website for details.

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor

  


Looking Back

"I Pledge Allegiance: Over and Above" Mark 12:17

“...and to God the things that are God’s.” (Mark 12:17) Could it be that the things that are God’s are the only things that can make government function for the common good? And who is it that can/must render these things to God? God, Government and ME?

THINKING IT THROUGH
(Agree/Disagree/Consider/Contemplate)

What will we do as the earth is set loose from its sun?
~Nietzsche

The safe guard of morality is religion, and morality is the best security of law as well as the surest pledge of freedom.
~Tocqueville

We have no government armed with powers capable of contending with human passion unbridled by morality and religion...our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
~John Adams

If you will not have God...you should pay your respects to Hitler and Stalin.
~T.S. Elliot

WORKING IT OUT

1. What deep thoughts are you thinking/pondering these days about God, government and you?

2. How aware are you of the fact God is over and above you and what difference does it make in your life?

3. How is this study helping you clarify how to pray for yourself, fellow citizens and the government?


Looking Ahead

"I Pledge Allegiance: Bottom Up" Mark 12:17

It is easy in government to get things turned upside down. Most think that government works from the top down. In a limited way, that is true. But God’s emphasis is on more than one “authority” or government at work in the world at the same time. These authorities work from the Bottom Up, and ideally are respected by one another. What are they? That’s what we are about to discover this week.

LOOKING IT UP

1. Look through each grouping of Scriptures below and then seek to describe what level or realm of authority or responsibility is emphasized in each.

Genesis 1:26-28, 2:15-17; Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; Matthew 16:27; Romans 14:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 14:12

Genesis 2:18-25; Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Ephesians 5:22-6:4; Colossians 3:8-21; 1 Timothy 5:4, 16

Matthew 16:18; Acts 6:2-4; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; Hebrews 17:13; 1 Peter 5:1-2

Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-15; 1 Timothy 2:1-4

2. As you ponder the core “authorities” found in these groupings, how do you think they should relate to one another in practice?

3. Where do you see yourself in them?



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