FIRST, A PERSONAL CHALLENGE
Dr. Stephen R. Phinney
Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. (1 Peter 2:17) In light of the political climate of our nation, there's a strong probability I will receive "kick-back" from this email. Recently I was published on the President’s Twitter, expressing my respect & honor to him personally. Most of the feedback I received was deplorable. So horrific, I refused to enter the discussion. It left me with a conclusion – our nation has been reduced to “depraved minds.” (Rom. 1:18-32)
Those who know me intimately, certainly know my immovable beliefs in honoring the leaders the Lord has allowed to serve “we the people.” One of the most argued passages in the New Testament is Hebrews 13:17, Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you. I am always challenged to the core when I get negative feedback from readers when there is any mention of honoring authority!
We live in a nation, a world, where "Christians" are blinded to the Truth of submitting to reasonable AND unreasonable authority. Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. (1 Peter 2:18) In my observation, the issue of submitting to unreasonable authority is the issue of the day.
Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. (Romans 13:1-2)
The Scripture that follows the mandate of submitting to unreasonable authority is 1 Peter 2:19, For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. I am under the firm belief that our nation is lacking in a good conscience, and favor of God, due to resistance & rebellion against these simple Truths.
This week, I was asked by a mentor to send a letter to our President expressing my honor & support of his leadership. After a few days of contemplation, I contacted the White House. With their instruction on how to elevate my letter to the "top of the pile," I wrote the following letter. Keep in mind, this letter may arouse a negative reaction in those who are clueless as to the deeper meaning of Peter & Paul's writings.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President,
It is with great honor I write this letter.
My name is Dr. Stephen Phinney. I previously served President George W. Bush in advancing his faith-based initiative. I publicly declare he is one of the finest Presidents in American history. Then you came along. My devotion to the Bush family remains strong & without wavering. Although, I must admit, in all my studies regarding historical leaders, you rise to the top of my list.
As a profession, I am a pastor, Christian worldview researcher, teacher & Chancellor to an online worldview school. As a part of my research and studies of world leaders, I carefully watch for faith, applied faith and the results of their faith – with an emphasis on the indwelling faith/life of Jesus Christ. As expected, few leaders hit these marks. In the case of America, I switch to the modality of supporting leaders who embrace the historical foundation of the country they serve – primarily being the Word of God & the guidelines set forth to manage its people. Secondly, I watch for the leader’s ability to support the “bible” of “we the people,” and as you clearly know, that is our Constitution. Finally, it is important for me to see these leaders protect & prosper their own people before depleting their resources on other nations. It is in this Biblical principle that the people will have the advantage in caring for others, their families, businesses and ultimately other nations.
Mr. President, without question, you hit these marks!
I have studied your leadership since the day you announced your Presidential intentions. I patiently watched, listened and recorded your “promises.” Sir, I must tell you, I have known few leaders, certainly Presidents, who fulfill their campaign rhetoric. After watching your 2019 State of the Union Address, I realized you don’t have a single bone of rhetoric in your body – you are a man of your word. A man of action! A promise keeper, much as I am with the promises of Jesus Christ.
I have no political agenda in writing this letter. I’m not much for politics and I can see neither are you. This is a simple communication from one leader to another, with an observation that you, Sir, are a cut above the rest. For what it’s worth, welcome to the top of my list. I retain a high level of honor and respect for you and your administration.
Dr. Stephen R. Phinney | www.IOMAmerica.org
127 N. 8th St.
Sterling, KS 67579
PS: If you receive a letter from Dr. Charles Solomon, you would be blessed to read his words.