PETITION FOR KISSING THE SON
The moral duty to "kiss the Son" resides not only at the individual level, but also at the local, state, and national levels. This is why we read:
“…Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son…” - Psalm 2:10-12
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD…” – Psalm 33:12
"All the ends of the world shall remember and the nations shall bow down " - Psalm 22:27-28
"...the Lamb shall overcome them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings..." - Revelation 17:14
“The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.” – Revelation 11:15
God will have His Son and His word to have the place of
preeminent honor and authority, which they so richly deserve. This is why it is
unsatisfactory that in the state capital of
In Ottawa County, Michigan a civil officer removed a public park sign with this verse from Psalm 19:1: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork." This came after pressure from a certain group rejecting state establishment of the Christian religion, according to an article at http://www.mlive.com/jenison/index.ssf/2014/12/post_27.html. People have been asked to sign a petition at https://www.change.org/p/ottawa-county-michigan-board-of-commissioners-put-the-sign-at-hagar-park-back-up-with-psalms-19-1 to have the sign restored, started by a resident in the County. On an encouraging note, many have signed this petition. The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners is now considering this petition that has been set before it.
Let's not lose sight of the key issue here: every man and institution of man should "kiss the Son". God will be satisfied with nothing less than supreme allegiance. We should repent as individuals and communities for having fallen away from this. Consequently, an additional petition has been prepared, asking the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners to adopt the following resolution:
"We proclaim and acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord of this County, looking to Him as Savior from the transgressions committed by the people, and resolving by God’s grace to to follow Him in accordance with Biblical principles."
This petition is available at https://www.change.org/p/ottawa-county-board-of-commissioners-adopt-this-resolution-we-proclaim-and-acknowledge-jesus-christ-as-lord-of-this-county-looking-to-him-as-savior-from-the-transgressions-committed-by-the-people-and-resolving-by-god-s-grace-to-to-follow-him-in-accor.
It is planned to present this petition to the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners. People have this opportunity to go on public record as standing up for Jesus Christ's Crown Rights. Even if American society continues its spiritual declension, this testimony is important. The Crow Nation (an Indian Reservation people) have set an excellent example of such a testimony: their tribal community has publicly proclaimed Jesus Christ as Lord of their community (http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/crow-government-erects-sign-proclaiming-jesus-is-lord-on-reservation/article_c08ae906-5937-52e9-9dce-7789ce919ebf.html).
We ought not to be silent about such a matter, nor hide our light as professing Christians under a bushel. As reformed Christian minister Rev. G.H. Kersten exhorted: "Reuben was pious, but this pious Reuben did wrong. He withdrew himself and stayed with his flocks. It was for this reason Deborah rebuked him (Judges 5:16). Have we not frequently been like Reuben? We did indeed mourn over breaches among our people and in our government…so there was yet some concern among us…But notice why we are guilty regarding the coalition of a government at the local, provincial, and federal level which is hostile to God: we did not go out to battle!...No, we would not participate!...This may not continue.”
As professing Christians, we are called to stand up for Christ:
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 10:32-33
Nor must we allow suffering or persecution to stand in the way of our duty to Christ, for the servant is not above his Master:
“… all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” – II Timothy 3:12
Salvation is a gift of God’s free and sovereign grace in Jesus Christ, without any addition of merit by fallen man. This should be a strong motivation to serve such a gracious God in gratitude and to call upon our civil rulers to honor and obey Him as He has commanded. We can rest assured that ultimately Christ will prevail.
The coordinator for this effort is J. Parnell McCarter. Feel free to contact him with questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.