Summary: Godly principles regarding leadership and submission.
God, Government and You
How many of you are ‘rule-keepers’?
• When you see a rule do you try to do everything possible to not break it?
How many of you are ‘rule-breakers’?
• When you’re faced with a rule, ….
• do you find yourself wanting to
o ….inwardly disregard it or outwardly disobey it?
I get accused of this by my family when we play a card game. They claim I cheat.
Now for all you ‘rule-keepers,’
before you start feeling self-righteous about all the rules you keep,
Lets be honest…… with each other!!
o ..don’t most of us ….pick and choose which ones we’re going to follow?
o E.g. Driving 120, well that’s just too slow.
o ..speed limit should be 130 or if you’re like me, it should be 140.
o We tend to evaluate rules according to what we think ….. should be right.
Many people believe:
• God is only interested in sacred issues!!
• And not secular issues!
Referred to as: “The great divide”
Many times…..we as spiritual leaders
• …try to make the distinction …… between what is sacred and what is not!
• And we create all these fancy rules….. (Do’s and Do Not’s)
• God does NOT!!!
David writes the following:
Psa 24:1 [NLT] The earth is the LORD'S, and everything in it. (Sacred and secular) The world and all its people belong to him.
“For God, all issues, all circumstances, and all people are part of God’s domain. Separating the sacred from the secular is a false dichotomy.” --- (Adam Hamilton, “the Separation of Church and State”).
While many say….. God and government don’t mix very well
We must realise …
o Government can only be understood to the degree to which we understand God.
According to what Jesus said in Matthew 22:21
We owe an allegiance to both God and to government:
“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
Let’s start with God’s expectation of us!!!
1Pet 2:13-17 [KJV] Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; (14) Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. (15) For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: (16) As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. (17) Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
Let’s look at the word submission
The word used…… Greek word = “hupotasso”
• which is a compound word
• means = “to line up or arrange under a commander”
It was a military term used to instruct soldiers to fall in line under the officer in charge.
• The verb is in the form of a command….
• It was a clear implication for obedience