God, Ruler of the Universe
That’s a pretty awe inspiring title, but is it believable? I believe it to be. After all, He did create the entire universe and everything in it in just 6 days. What’s the most you’ve done in 6 days? Could you create an entire universe in just 6 days? Or 6 years? Or 6 decades? Or 6 millennium? I’d be lucky to live 6 more decades myself. To dedicate those all to doing what is impossible for all except God would be pretty futile. Even scientists, using top-of-the-line equipment, particle accelerators and the like can only even minimally approximate what they think the universe was like on the first day.
That really isn’t the point, though. God is our ruler. Do you recognize that? In finishing up last weeks monstrous bible study (probably read about 1/2 of all the Psalms just in personal reading) I came across a question that really got me thinking.
1) How do you feel about nationalism? Who rules you? Why have human government? Does God approve of all world leaders and their actions?
Nationalism is a pretty audacious sounding thing, isn’t it? Sounds like something we all should have, don’t you think? Merriam-Webster defines it thusly:
1 : loyalty and devotion to a nation; especially : a sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups
2 : a nationalist movement or government
So if you are nationalistic, how are you living for God? Doesn’t it seem as if your loyalties are misplaced?
Following is the answer I shared with my bible study partner. Take it for whatever it is worth.
I think nationalism is dangerous. It puts the nation above all else. God should always be first. If we are going to be “nationalistic”, we need to put the Kingdom of God above all human nations. God rules me. God instituted them among men (Romans 13:1-7) so as to keep men in line. Without them, the world goes to pot (Genesis 6:1-8). He approves of the world leaders (Romans 13:1) but not their actions when their actions allow or condone sin (homosexual “marriages”, abortion, etc.).