Summary: Biblical teaching about government authority and capital punishment.
“I Don’t Like None of ‘Em!”
Grant Lovejoy, one time pastor of this church, was also my preaching professor at SWBTS. He cautioned us that there are 2 topics you never want to discuss from the pulpit: sex & politics. So let me just say, “I think that women politicians are sexier than male politicians.”
READ Romans 13:1-7
Some of you may have never realized that God’s Word speaks about government and capital punishment in the way it does.
Submit To Government (1-5)
In the passage we just read, God’s word tells us to submit to government. God’s word says, “If you’re going to claim to be a Christian, you’re going to be a good citizen.” There are some people who are good citizens who are not Christians. I understand that.
However, there are people who are good model citizens who don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ. But if you’re going to name the name of Jesus, and you’re going to claim to be a Christian, the Bible says you ought to submit to your government and you ought to be a good citizen as well.
Now why do you suppose that is? In this passage, there are at least three reasons to submit to government:
1. A spiritual reason: God instituted law and order.
It is God who set up governments. He instituted law and order. Did you know God is a God of law? That’s why He gave all the laws in the Bible. Also God is a law of order.
He doesn’t want chaos; he wants order. You can write down this reference. I Corinthians 14:33, the Bible says, “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” God likes everything to be in order.
Now, notice the word instituted there? In our world, God has set up several important institutions. For instance, He set up the institution of the family. In the family, he has established some lines of authority. The husband is the head of the family. The parents are to have authority over the children. When those lines of authority are broken, then chaos and dysfunction occurs in a family. You know why families today are falling apart? Because God’s line of authority is not being observed.
God also established the institution of the church. And in the church, according to the NT, He has given us spiritual leaders who are to lead by serving. In churches where they don’t recognize their spiritual leaders, those churches are splitting up and having all kinds of problems.
But also, God instituted human government. If we don’t obey these lines of authority God has established, then chaos results in our society. God wants our society to have peace and order, and that’s why he established governments. You may find this hard to believe, but the Bible says it is God who puts people in roles of leadership within governments. In Daniel 2:22, Daniel says, “God sets up kings and he removes kings.”
You may find it hard to believe, but throughout history God has been behind the scenes orchestrating events so everything will happen the way God wants it to happen.