Pastor's Thoughts

Who is right: the President or Jesus?

            As a Christian under the authority of government, I respect the position and office of the President. Such is commanded by God in Romans 13:1 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” We respect the God-granted position of authority our representatives in government hold and especially the President. We should be respectful towards authority even when we disagree. This is one of those times when biblically we must disagree because Jesus is the one we give our foremost allegiance to, not the President.

As you may have heard, the President recently made some comments at the national prayer breakfast that have caused quite the buzz. Among several things, this quote caught my attention, “I believe that the starting point of faith is some doubt – not being so full of yourself and so confident that you are right and that God speaks only to us, and doesn’t speak to others, that God only cares about us and doesn’t care about others, that somehow we alone are in possession of the truth.” I emphasize the last part of the President’s statement because the rest of what he said misrepresents Christians. (Do you realize our President said we are full of ourselves and we believe God doesn’t care about anyone else if we think we have the truth?) However, we do claim that God is in possession of the truth and that He has spoken to us through Christ and His Word. Also, we should be aware that the President’s comment reflects how most people in our society view the truth. He is speaking for the majority of Americans!

One point I would make is that the President and those who agree with his position think they are in possession of the truth! They feel everyone else is sadly mistaken to believe they have the truth. Nonetheless, my goal in writing this article is to ask you this question: Is Jesus right or is the President right? Who do you believe?

“Wait a minute;” you ask, “what does Jesus have to do with this?” Jesus stated in John 14:6, “I am the way, and THE TRUTH, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Did Jesus say to have faith in Him mixed with doubt? Did He say we should not be confident we have the knowledge of the truth when we place saving faith in Him? Absolutely not! HE IS THE TRUTH! HE IS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD! You cannot believe what the President said is true and believe what Jesus said is true. Who do you believe?

Let us hold to God’s grace and truth,

Pastor Justin