Romans 13 • 3/22/16

      Paul wrote:  "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Rom 13.1-2)

      And Peter wrote:  "Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.” 

                                                                                 (1Peter 2.13-14)

      We noted that neither had any qualifiers about those “governing authorities.” That provoked quite a discussion. Scripture teaches that governing authorities receive their authority from God. Scripture does not teach that God approves of their actions or words. In fact in most cases, probably all cases, He does not approve… “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom 3.23)

      God has used all manner of governing authorities to achieve His purposes. We are to "Give to everyone what you owe them:If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”  (Rom 13.7)

      How we conduct ourselves is a direct reflection of our witness for Jesus in what seems to be an increasingly fractured and polarized world. We are commanded to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Rom 13.9) It applies to those who rule over us…

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