Romans 13:1-7
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. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 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.
This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

1 Peter 2:13-17
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of the foolish. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love your fellow believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

Yes, Obama did get elected.
Yes, abortions will likely increase (see “Why I Can’t Vote for Obama”).
But please hear what the Spirit says to the churches and obey.
Pray for our president-elect.
Do it for the unborn.
Do it for Christ!

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8 Comments

  1. When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?

  2. Even before obedience to government (or disobedience) is one’s living before God. What is of God in the Christian should always tend toward righteousness, love to God and love to others. Regardless of what governmental structure one exists under, these Christian basics should live and flourish. They don’t because our flesh, our fallenness, is what we choose to live from, especially when in stages of disappointment and despair. Our flesh is that real in us. The struggle given to us by divine wisdom, faithfulness and mercy, has not just suddenly appeared last night with the election of a man by people (fallen people in a fallen world). We’ve struggled with our flesh wanting dominion since our creation as individuals. The new political landscape is merely another setting for us to see and realize this in our lives and the lives of others, be humbled, live in faith, with a pure heart and good conscience, and love, before God and others, and to proclaim God to others. Do not love the world nor the things of the world too much dear Christian. Realize God’s love and presence. Live from Him, by Him, and to Him.

  3. The only comfort and peace I find… during any unsettling situation or difficult circumstance… is KNOWING God is in control. Our plan is good, but God’s plan is better.

    Pray for Obama fervently. God can and will use him. May he submit to the Almighty’s will.

  4. God will put into place all things (and people) in order to complete His perfect plan and take us to the next season. It’s my belief that these are end days. We are warned of the events right through the book of Revelation and a long list of other prophesies.

    I’ll not pray for change. I’ll just pray for God’s will. Whatever needs to be completed, let it be.

    The time is right. We need to be ready.

  5. Breakpoint for today was indeed worth the read! Thanks.

  6. I understand what we are commanded to do, so I ask this question:

    Was our country founded in Sin?

    Clearly the forefathers of this great, freedom loving nation did not submit to their ruling authority as commanded in the scriptures and I am grateful for it.

    I look forward to reading other’s thoughts.

  7. Great questions Zac and certainly worthy of careful and courageous considerations.

    I shall defer my response and encourage you to read Christians and Civil Disobedience, which speaks directly to your concerns and lays out a biblically responsible framework in which to think about responsibilities to church and state.

    For a thorough, up-to-date treatment of this important topic, see Christ and Culture Revisited by D. A. Carson; perhaps one of the most important reads of this decade!

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