2 Keep the king’s command because of your sacred oath. 3 Do not be terrified; go from his presence, do not delay when the matter is unpleasant, for he does whatever he pleases. 4 For the word of the king is powerful, and who can say to him, “What are you doing?” 5 Whoever obeys a command will meet no harm, and the wise mind will know the time and way. 6 For every matter has its time and way, although the troubles of mortals lie heavy upon them. 7 Indeed, they do not know what is to be, for who can tell them how it will be? 8 No one has power over the wind to restrain the wind, or power over the day of death; there is no discharge from the battle, nor does wickedness deliver those who practice it. 9 All this I observed, applying my mind to all that is done under the sun, while one person exercises authority over another to the other’s hurt.
Where there are people, there will be politics. How do we as the people of faith navigate our relationship to the state and to each other. [hear sermon audio]
This week, take some time to go deeper. Use these scriptures and questions to reflect in your devotion time.
Texts to read:
Questions to ponder:
- How does your faith inform your politics?
- Do you find your politics informing your faith?
- Do you ever see us as a people trying to “restrain the wind”?
Do and share:
- Listen to 30 minutes of a quality news source different from your typical leaning. Note the feelings that come up in you.
- Find a story of faith positively impacting politics. Share it in our Facebook group or on Twitter (@dpumc).