Good Subjects

I was reading yesterday in Romans 13, and the following verses really jumped out at me:

“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.” (ESV)

I hear a LOT of very negative comments about our current President. From Christians. Myself included. Which is why this verse really hit me. When Bush was in office, I’m sure many an evangelical pastor used it to encourage support of the Pres. How many are preaching it now? And in the liberal church, I’m sure the opposite is true.

I’m sure we can argue around it, using the rationale that a President that doesn’t value life at all stages doesn’t deserve our respect, but think about the government Paul was writing under! He was going to be executed for his beliefs! He was writing to Christians that were enduring intense persecution at the hand of the government. If he could say it, surely we can do it too.

So how about instead of blasting the President with every ridiculous claim, and basically considering him anathema, how about we pray for him? How about we pray for his administration and the decisions they will make. We’re in a mess, folks. As people that believe in a God who is sovereign over all, let’s seek his will for our nation and our leaders. After all, there is no authority, except from God.

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