The elections are rapidly approaching. Opinions run high about who should win and the consequences if they do not. Debates, campaign ads, the media, and the water cooler conversations all have something to tell us about the candidates and their platforms. Polls are published daily showing the gains and losses of favor.
This is not where I tell you how to vote. Nor is it where I align myself with any given political party. I will ask you to vote, to do your part as a citizen. And I would remind us all, to let go of our fears, our political diatribes, and our anger.
For, God is in control.
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.
For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
Romans 13:1,4-5 | New International Version
So do not worry or fear the outcomes.
Fulfill your role as an upright citizen. Vote. Pray. Submit.
Hold fast to your faith in God, and submit to His authority above all others.
Scripture tells us to follow the leadership of earthly authority. At the same time, it also gives us several examples of when it is not appropriate to do so, and of individuals that were put into a position of having to disobey the law of the land.
What are some Biblical examples of God’s people rebelling against human authority in order to maintain obedience to God? How would you describe their disobedience? How can we learn from their experiences and examples?
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