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God and Acting Responsibly

Discussion in 'Exposition & Bible Study' started by newton3005, Jun 21, 2020.

  1. newton3005

    newton3005 Member

    United States
    Responsibility seems to be a quaint term nowadays, as many do not see acting responsibly as a goal they should set for themselves. There is a tendency to leave responsibility up to others, or to claim the responsibility is someone else’s. There is a tendency to recklessly disregard one’s responsibility to family, by one’s actions. That has always been the case, but nowadays we realize that we disregard our responsibility at our peril and at the peril of our families, since there are those in authority that create the law and carry it out, believing without further consideration as to whether such law is a benefit on the whole to the society they serve.

    Sometimes there is law that is created to serve the interests of certain groups who mean well, but the people who created such law disregard the responsibility of tempering the law so as to not cause collateral damage to people’s lives. But in the environment we live in, we can’t just blame the authorities for things that have gone awry without considering our own actions which set into motion the damage the authorities have set upon us. I tell you that if we act responsibly to begin with, we wouldn’t end up being at the mercy of the authorities to whom enforcing the law, whatever it is, is their first priority.

    If one has a family that depends on him, his responsibility is laid out in the Bible. 1 Timothy 5:8 says, “...if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” If we have a family, our duty under God is to provide for them. So, whatever we do, we need to be ready, willing and able to carry out that charge, and avoid things which may end up preventing us from doing that.

    Sleeping in a car in a public place, after having a few too many drinks to handle, and causing a nuisance for people to have to drive around him is something that doesn’t accomplish what we need to do to provide for our families. And, in fact, the Bible discourages us from being drunk, particularly if we have responsibilities to our families. 1 Timothy 3:2-4 (ESV) says, “...an overseer must be above reproach... sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable...NOT A DRUNKARD...He must manage his own household well, with all dignity...”

    On the other hand, what of governments who fail to oversee in a righteous manner, with compassion for the people they govern over? Romans 13:1 (ESV) says we should be submissive to governing authorities, since their authority comes from God. If such is the case, the governing authorities rule as an extension of God. Does not God love those who love Him? Does not God love our neighbor? The Bible tells us that loving God and our neighbor is more important than abiding by Laws that were formulated in the Old Testament. I tell you then, that any laws created by us should be out of the love of God and our neighbor. What love do we have for a neighbor if we have to go by a hard and fast law that requires the arrest of a person when it would be more loving to him and society by calling a cab for him to take him home than to arrest him? Where is our love in that case? Where is the responsibility?
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  2. Rachel20

    Rachel20 Member

    United States
    Even with man's laws, the spirit of the law is often broken in order to follow the letter, and people get hurt as a result. Still, if many of them had just used wisdom in the first place, they wouldn't have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  3. Daniel Marsh

    Daniel Marsh Well-Known Member

    United States
    if one needs wisdom ask God for it.