2 John 1:9 (NIV):  Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.”

In the Army, I would arrive at a new post knowing that I would only be there for two to three years. I therefore chose to assess needs, quickly come up with a plan, and then execute change within a few months of arrival. Since I was an Army chaplain, I would coordinate with my unit commander but then he would depend on me to implement the religious support plan for him. I had to move fairly fast because I knew that my time was limited.

Doing business like that has been a way of operating in the military for a long time. As a chaplain, I needed to really know the teachings of Jesus, keeping my foundation in the word of God.

Today a new administration transitions into leadership for the United States. Based on everything I have heard, this administration plans to move fast, running ahead to implement change. I personally desire, as I do with any political leaders, that they embrace the teaching of Christ. Their actual actions will demonstrate if they do. I believe that I will know quickly if these political leaders have the teaching of the Father and the Son as guidance in their policies.

Regardless of what happens with governing authorities, I believe that the above verse primarily applies to those who claim to follow Jesus. As I live my life I want to always, no matter the situation, follow in the teachings of Christ. In order for me to do that, I need to know His word. I need to read it daily. I need to study it. I need to talk about it. I need to apply it. I need to trust it.

By continuing on in these teachings, I know that I have both the Father and the Son. I am then able to pray for, and influence as God directs, the governing authorities that currently hold office, desiring that they know or come to know Jesus who is Lord of all.

Prayer: Lord God, I commit to following Your teachings. May I place Your word as central in my life. I also commit to following Your word by praying for governing authorities that I may live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and holiness. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

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