The Citizen’s Duty — Part 3

by Morey ~ February 15th, 2008

This one’s short and sweet.  Romans 13:3 :

For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but of evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same;

When one is doing good – and in this context this means obeying the laws; not practicing unethical behavior; being moral — then what does a person have to fear from the government?  On the other hand, if a person is engaged in unlawful acts, immoral acts, unethical behavior — that person is likely to be looking over his shoulder quite often, expecting to be apprehended for his behavior.

People who do right in the eyes of the law have nothing to fear.  Those who break the law fear punishment.

An issue in America, today, lies with Congress’s failure to extend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). I support the government when they wish to monitor phone conversations and emails that go through the U.S.  The authorities need to use every effort to keep its citizenry safe from attacks from those who hate us. If they wish to listen to my phone conversations, they may.  I have nothing to hide.

I am suspicious when members of our own country are against using every means at our disposal to secure our safety.  I wonder, sometimes, what it is they have to hide. I do understand that we do have rights to privacy. I certainly do not wish to infringe on them, but we are at a very crucial moment in the life of our country. If we were not at war with a terrorist adversary, then I would be skeptical of the President’s motives, but we are at war. This war could very well determine the future of our country and our culture — the future of our children and grandchildren.

Now I suspect the Democrats (and others) are playing politics with the President — trying to make him look bad — trying to show him who really is in charge — whatever.  What I don’t like is that they are being so careless with the lives of the people they have sworn to serve and trust — that would be you and me and your daughter and your son and your husband or wife.

They need to have a good shaking-up and the best way to shake them up is to vote them out of office when their term runs out.

Caution: We need to follow what we have already learned in this Bible study, though.  We must not join in a revolution against those who have been placed over us and we must obey the laws that govern us.  By being a law-biding citizen, we will enjoy a free life.  If we are law-biding, then we will win the approval of the authorities.

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