Monday, November 4, 2013

All Authority Established by God - Romans 13:1

Romans 13:1 -- "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."

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There is a lot of debate when it comes to politics, especially concerning the social issues. I know many who are very passionate one way or the other on certain issues like abortion, same-sex marriage healthcare and government spending. I am not here to tell you which side to choose, but I will say that God is in control of all of it.

I've seen the same scriptures over and over again both for and against a political issue. It seems that scripture is thrown around with a persuasive agenda without concern for God's truth. It is important when choosing a side to read the context surrounding the verses given to support or oppose an issue.

There also seems to be a lot of discontentment with the leadership in our government. However, the Bible says "the authorities that exist have been established by God." This means that God is in control, even of all government officials. We may not always agree with new laws placed by the government, but they are to be followed without complaint, just as God's laws are to be obeyed.

Complaining and debating issues that have been made laws is only separating God's people and breeding ill content in places where there should be peace. Everyone is subject to governing authorities and all authority comes from God. Therefore, we must not only obey, but willingly support the law.
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