Submitting to Authority

Romans 13:1-4

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:  For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

I had a conversation with a friend today who couldn’t get enough of bashing our President, Mr. Donald J. Trump.  I politely referred my friend to the passage of scripture referenced above.

You see, regardless of what anyone thinks of the President of the United States, he is the most powerful man in the world.  He has the one of the most technologically advanced militia at his disposal.  He oversees the every day comings and goings of the most prosperous country in the world.  He has the power to destroy many more nations than I care to think about, and all of those reasons are still not why we need to submit to his authority.

God’s Word says that we are to “…be subject to the higher powers.  For there is no power but of God…”  My friend’s argument was that our “free will” vote at the polls placed our president in office, as if God had no control over who would be president!  I cannot believe that any Christian who has ever read a word out of God’s Word could think that way.  Yes, we do have free will.  Yes, we did go to the polls.  Yes, we have the freedom to vote for whomever we choose.  But no, ultimately, God decides who is going to be president or king or prime minister or ruler over any nation.  And for this season of time, God chose President Trump.

“Whoever resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God…”  We do not have to like the president or any other authority figure, but we do have to respect him.  God placed him in office, no matter what anyone says or thinks.  God is in control of what happens.  I believe that the believers who were praying that Hilary Clinton would not get in the White House bombarded heaven, and I believe that God responded to those prayers.  I believe that God placed President Trump in office for the good of those who do good, and for the terror of those who do wickedness.

The long and short of it is, regardless of who is in office, they deserve our respect.  God demands that we give them our respect.  If we disrespect them, we are bucking against God and He is not pleased with that.  God will not be mocked, and if we think so, we are in for a rude awakening.

Romans 10:9-10 says “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the LORD Jesus and believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto salvation, and with the mouth confession is made.”  If you are reading these words and have never confessed that Jesus is LORD and Master of your life, do not let this moment pass without doing so.  One day you will stand in judgment in front of Him, and you will be judged on what you believed about Him.  If you were correct in your belief, you will spend eternity with Him, but if not….you are destined for hell.

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