Summary: How should we act toward those who rule over us?

Over the past couple years, most of us have heard, read, and watched a lot about our president. There are many things we see going on in our executive branch that have never happened before. Whether it is lying, felonies, or adultery, there are a lot of things we disagree with that the president has done.

Through all of this, I believe we as Christians have a responsibility in how we act, talk, and conduct ourselves as we see all these things going on. Consider the following:

I. There is no authority except from God.

In Romans 13:1 Paul says, “Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.”

It is important that we understand how government operates in God’s divine plan. God is the one who puts these powers in existence. It seems that people wonder why God lets things like this go on. Why doesn’t God do something about it? We forget that God is the one in control.

II. Resisting authority is resisting God.

Notice Romans 13:2, “Therefor he who resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.”

We have a responsibility in all of this. Just because we don’t like the laws that are passed, the personal life of the authority figure, or anything else about our government, does not give us license to resist their authority. To resist their authority is to resist God. I don’t believe any of us want to resist God. We show our love and respect for God when we obey the authorities that He has put into place.

III. Submit to the governing authorities.

I Peter 2:13-14, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by Him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.”

What we do is for the Lord. God tells us to submit to their authority. This is the will of God (I Peter 2:15).

We may not understand why God has placed certain individuals into governing positions but it is not up to us to question. Our obligation lies in our obedience to God. Putting God first in our lives involves our subjection to our rulers. We may not agree with what is being practiced by our rulers but our responsibility is still there.

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Gordon Bland

commented on Feb 11, 2012

I agree with 95 percent of this sermon. However, there are other instances in the Bible where it is clear that we are not to submit - even to the point of death. Daniel was thrown into the lion''s den because he did not submit to the King''s ungodly command. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did not submit and bow to an idol and were thrown into the fiery furnace. God honored their decision and protected them from the fire - clothes and all. What should the Christian?s relationship be toward government? When should a Christian obey or disobey the government? First off, Scripture tells us that we are not to despise government (2 Pet 2:10). We are to pray for those in authority (even if they are evil - remember that the Lord also told us to love our enemies and pray for those that persecute us?)The Christian is commanded to obey the governing authorities (Rom 13:1) no matter how evil; we can only disobey the government when they tell us to do something directly against scripture or they perform an illegal action against us. We are also commanded to honor the king, no matter who it is. I believe (and this is just speculation) that the Lord wants us to obey authority because when we come into his Kingdom - it is HIS KINGDOM - not ours! We will be in submission to our loving King. Too many people in our country - such as patriots - have a hard time with this concept. But yes - we will not live in a democracy to just do as we please. We will be in the KINGdom of God - Ruler and Maker of EVERYTHING! How dare anyone think that they could enter HIS Kingdom and do as they please. Think of what happened to Satan and the angels who rebelled against God. Well, their end is an eternal Hell.

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