Well I finally got a bible from the old fella at my wife's church a week back, it's one a those little ones they hand out to kids in elementary school! I've been chewing on it for a week now and finally finished the first chapter.
I could read it faster but there's a lot here. I used to think of these passages as so much claptrap - but once you sit down with them and chew on them - there's a lot going on here and some of it gives some serious pause for thought.
Today the pastor or deacon or whatever his title was - was speechin' about how we are honour bound as Christians to respect our gubbimint leaders, our employers and treat them with deference and courtesy. For me it was like swallowing a great big turd; it goes against my grain to treat chitbirds like Justin Trudeau (Turdo La Doo, as we call him up here in Canada) - with respect. And my career has trained me to treat employers as they treat employees - if they are dishonest and abusive I walk away and no bones about it. I'm unemployed right now because my former employer has turned into a real nasty piece of work. I submitted my notice, and treated them well - but I told them EXACTLY why I was quitting and wouldn't be dealing with them in the future.
For the first time I find myself seriously at odds with the man at the lectern, it's been my experience that if you submit to bullies, they never go away - in fact, they start pushing you for as much as they can. Although I would never abuse my new found faith to pray for a steam roller to run over Turdo La Doo... I am not above buying a round for the house if it happens. There are some people in this world that we are just better without.
I can see him saying we should pray for our leaders, and I will render unto Ceasar what is Ceasar's ... but I will not bow down to him.