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“Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme” (1 Peter 3:21)

It has certainly been a week; the events of the last several months all culminated into one night on Tuesday of this week. Months of campaign ads, appearances, and policy discussion all ended in the past week. America has elected a President whom will serve for the next four years. I hope and pray that you exercised your right to vote on Tuesday; it is a privilege that so many do not have and wish for. Your candidate may have or have not been elected into office; that I do not know. However, the commandments of God are the same regarding the position of a Christian towards our government. What is that position?

 

Paul says “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities” (Romans 13:1). The principle implied here of subjection means that we are to place ourselves in submission to the government. Peter echoes the very same sentiment that we are to “submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake” (1 Peter 3:21).  The words used by Paul and Peter leave no room for interpretation; EVERY soul is to be subject, and we are to submit ourselves to EVERY ordinance of man. The question is why? Jesus said we are to “let our light so shine before men that they may see our good works, and glorify our Father which is in heaven” (Matt 5:16)

 

Throughout the history of the Old Testament we see governments which were oppressive, and we see people who were faithful, and God received the glory. Look at the example in the book of Daniel, and look at the response of King Darius to the faithfulness of Daniel despite persecution. Move into the New Testament, and even our Lord lived in a time of an oppressive government, and the Bible describes Him as being “obedient” even to death on the cross. When Christians are faithful to God and resist complaining and grumbling about the government but rather humbly submit, God receives the glory; others are intrigued because it’s just not the norm in our society. We have to “render to Caesar the things which are Caesar’s and to God those things which are God’s”.

 

God’s word only gives one exception to this, regardless of the position of our government: our loyalties are to lie with God Almighty. Regardless of the statutes imposed or enacted, we are to remain faithful to God in our service and in our worship (Acts 5:29).

 

Ande Z

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