Since I have been really reading the Bible the last few years, I have come across so many parts that should guide how public policy and politics should function. So, these deeply faithful people must have been skipping over the obvious like the caring sections of the Beatitudes.
To me, some people are more religious than spiritual or faithful. For example, why do people speed in their cars to church when even I know that Romans 13:1 says “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” The government is made by heaven.
But, who knew that Romans Chapter 12 reads as if angels took the two major political parties to the principal’s office…or should I say the “principles” office. From brotherly love to vengeance being mine to living sacrifice, it’s all about reasonable service.
As I always write, I wish peace, love and happiness to my friends and fellow Americans across the political spectrum. At the end of the day, most of us act with good intentions while we know that that is also how a certain road is paved.
An op-ed article in my newspaper by Cokie and Steve Roberts regarding the SNAP provisions of the Farm Bill should be read with Romans 12 in mind. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, basically Food Stamps, assist American families. While we know about the temporary (or hopefully temporary) food assistance, most people don’t know that the program gives our farmers the opportunity to produce more and kids need proper diet during their development to avoid costly medical problems later in life. Children shouldn’t suffer because their parents made certain career and home economic decisions. As Tupac sang “we got money for wars but can’t feed the poor.” What would Jesus do?
At the same time, 2 Thessalonians 3:10 says “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” But, should kids be subjected to the humiliation of cleaning the cafeteria at school because their parents have little money—maybe the parents can do the cleaning but stop the madness.
I am copying Romans Chapter 12 below and highlighting the sections we should have in mind as the Dems and GOP peacefully got about the business of governing with cooperation and respect.
Romans Chapter 12
12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.