The great theologian Augustine said that government is a necessary evil, that it is necessary because of evil. And most theologians in the history of the church have said that human evil is the reason even corrupt government is better than no government at all. The function of government is to restrain evil and to maintain, uphold, and protect the sanctity of life and of property. Given this function, the Christian understands that government is ordained of God, and so Christians, first of all, are called to respect whatever it is that God institutes and ordains.
When the dirty task (washing the soiled feet of proud disciples) had been completed, Jesus looked at his disciples and said, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to also wash one another’s feet.” Christ is saying, “The attitude I have had toward you, you must have toward one another. My sense of calling must become your sense of calling. The willingness that I have exhibited, you must live out in your ministries.” What is that attitude? What is the commitment that must shape the ministry of every pastor?
The 17-year-old plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter in August for killing his friend and passenger in a car crash. According to ABC News, the Oklahoma teen was 16 at the time of the crash and had been drinking prior to the accident.
The judge could have sent the teen to jail but, taking into account his clean criminal and school records, sentenced him to wear a drug and alcohol bracelet, participate in counseling groups, graduate from high school, and attend a weekly church service of his choosing.
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