God and government
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Romans 13:1-7
I will have to say that I think God is very clear here how He feels about authority. Seems to me if He put someone in charge over us He would have us obey that person so long as what he asks of us does not violate Gods law. I know it seems hard to believe that God would put certain men in charge over people, look at Stalin or Hitler, but God put them there and then used them to accomplish His will. Look as a result of them Israel became a nation in one day fulfilling a long ago prophesy. Besides all that, who are we to second guess Gods wisdom,
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. Isaiah 55:8
2 Samuel 1 Talks about King Saul’s death. The man telling David of the Kings death said that he took the kings life and David had him killed for killing one anointed by God. Very interesting to see that David knew that he was to be King, he has been anointed by the Word of God to be King yet David patiently waited on God’s timing. David at one time cut a piece of King Saul’s garment off without him knowing and when David told Saul what he did, David was deeply convicted off it.
1 Samuel 24
When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.” Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Wildgoats’ Rocks. And he came to the sheepfolds by the way, where there was a cave, and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave. And the men of David said to him, “Here is the day of which the LORD said to you, ‘Behold, I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.'” Then David arose and stealthily cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. And afterward David’s heart struck him, because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD’s anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the LORD’s anointed.” So David persuaded his men with these words and did not permit them to attack Saul. And Saul rose up and left the cave and went on his way.
Point being don’t mess with God’s anointed, God will deal with them in His perfect timing.
Just seems to me that if ever God would do something about a Ruler it would have been Herod after all he ordered the death of countless Israeli boys under the age of two. Matthew 2 There again God uses an evil Ruler to accomplish His purpose. First it was greed that sent Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Then God sent Mary and Joseph to Egypt to escape the hand of Herod but also to fulfill yet more prophesy.
One more case for God and His use of even the worst of Rulers is Nero. The very first Scripture I quoted at the beginning of this from Romans 13 was written to believers who were under the authority of Nero. In case you don’t know who Nero is he used to burn Christians at night to light his gardens where he would have dinner parties. Of course that was after he had them dipped in pitch to make them burn better. Or he would have them dressed in animal skins and thrown into a cage with wild dogs to be eaten alive. Yet no mention of insurrection, no tea parties, no walks on Rome protesting Nero. Instead they made disciples of the citizens of Rome and the entire empire, eventually changing their environment. So much so that Emperor Alexander became a christian and made Christianity the state religion. How do you like that for results, I love it, just think what we could do….
It is not just about obeying the authority over us, it is also about respect:
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
I just think it is time to let God deal with the men He put in charge over us, and for us to get back to what we are called (commanded) to do.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Hoping you all have a blessed week. YOU ARE LOVED