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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Should We Submit to All Authorities?

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Romans 13:1-5

Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. 
So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on them-selves. For [civil] authorities are not a source of fear for [people of] good behavior, but for [those who do] evil. Do you want to be unafraid of authority? Do what is good and you will receive approval and commendation. For he is God’s servant to you for good. 

But if you do wrong, [you should] be afraid; for he does not carry the [executioner’s] sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an avenger who brings punishment on the wrongdoer. But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for it is not without reason that they bear the sword. Indeed, they are God's servants to administer punishment to anyone who does wrong. Therefore, it is necessary for you to be acquiescent to the authorities, not only for the sake of God's punishment but also for the sake of your own conscience.

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Crazy laws requiring masks to walk your dog, to be in place in between bites of food, even when having sex. Crazy laws to stay six feet apart, not shake hands and leave a restaurant by 11pm. Legalized spying on your neighbors, deemed Contact Tracing, has pitted friends against each other. And mandatory vaccinations are on the way.....

Worst of all, many if not most churches across America remained closed. One has to wonder who the pastors and priests are taking their direction from...God or the Governor?

I’ve been told that many parishioners have approached their church leaders and have been rebuked, saying that “the Bible tells us to be subjected to government or government authorities,’ such as described in this verse, Romans 13:1

But if you read the entire passage, you can see that the directive must be taken in context: we are to obey rulers or government officials who put in place by God. 

How many of your legislators, your governors, your local school board members or your community leaders ...or maybe even your church deacons...are appointed by God? I don't know about you, but I find it difficult to listen to men who issue tyrannical rules and order "we the people" to stay away from God. 

But as a follow-up, 1 Timothy 2:1-2 gives us something to actively to do: 

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way."

And further, in Psalm 22:28, we are to put God in the middle of it all: 

“For kingship belongs to the Lord, and He rules over the nations.”

Today's Prayer: 
Dear Lord, we pray for our leaders, not just the president and first lady, but for our state and local elected officials. We pray for Constitutional Sheriffs to take charge of our counties. We pray for calm among the chaos. We pray for intelligent voters to select those who would uphold our laws and secure our communities. We pray that Thy Will Be Done, in our country and in our individual lives. In Jesus's precious name. Amen. 

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