In our reading today we have a powerful exhortation from King David. He writes in Psalm 101:3 “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” How needful are these words in our present technological age where literally every visual image is at our fingertips. The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Saints, there are things in this world that will cause us to turn aside from God to draw us away from Him. We need to develop a hatred of the things that will draw us away from Him and determine by the grace and power of God that we will not permit them before our eyes and those same works will not cling to us.
In our reading today the Apostle Paul exhorts us to be obedient to the government authorities. Civil government is one of the institutions created by God. Man did not create it. The passage goes on to say that our government leaders are God’s servants. The King James uses the word “minister”. We are to be obedient to them as long as they don’t tell us to sin against God. The passage ends with the command that if we owe them honor we need to honor them (Romans 13:1-7). In Paul’s first letter to Timothy he exhorts us to pray for our leaders in order that we have a quiet and peaceable life (1 Timothy 2:1-3). It is much more conducive to share the gospel in a quiet and peaceable atmosphere than in the middle of a civil war.