Sunday, December 29, 2019

Romans 13:1, 1 Peter 2:13a NIV 2011

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.

Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority.

The theme for this portion of Paul’s letter to Rome centered on being “subject to” government authorities. They needed to adhere to those authorities that were more than likely pagans. There was a temptation for the Roman faithful to claim allegiance to Christ alone. Paul’s letter was a reminder that God ordains civil government. Peter’s letter advised the church to submit to the legitimate authorities over them. Both Paul and Peter were looking at the best way to fulfill God’s will in the world. Holy God desire His people to respect civil appointed authority. 

It makes sense that we need to have respect for those in authority over us. We live in a civil society with laws. This doesn’t mean we need to blindly follow those in authority. I need to obey traffic laws. When we build a home, there are building permits needed as well as many other permits because that is the law. Voting is a right each American enjoys and we can choose to vote but only one time. Waking up daily we’re called to respect authority because that is God’s desire for us.

How do you respond when someone in authority holds you accountable?

Respecting God’s authority in our life,

S

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