What does The Bible REALLY say about our Role in Government?
Well….. IF you are a Christian, your are not bound to obey laws that violate God’s moral and righteous standards.
When commanded by authority, Daniel and his three Jewish friends refused to worship idols. Peter and the apostles were told to stop teaching about Jesus’ Name, but they replied, “We must obey God, rather than man.”
We CAN make appeals to authorities like Queen Esther did, on behalf of her people who were about to be indentured or murdered…. and, we can help hold our leaders accountable.
But, our greatest role in government is to pray. It’s not a weakness folks! It’s an act of great strength and honor.
The Word of God says that when His people will HUMBLE themselves and TURN AWAY FROM THEIR OWN WICKED BEHAVIORS and PRAY, He will not only hear, but He will heal our land. Pretty amazing ….
The Bible gives Jesus the name of King of kings and LORD of Lords. God first set up the principle of submission to authority (which, when some read that word, it strikes a note of defiance and makes them want to balk) by establishing that we were to worship Him and Him alone.
From that pure standard came the principle of obeying all authority, and because of man’s choice to go against the Plans and Safety of God — God allowed governing authorities to preserve justice and fairness in the world.
Our role in government is not only to obey the laws of our land but to intercede…. pray, cry out fervently for those in authority. ALL OF THEM. Yep….. the people you like and those you don’t.
We are told to respect the position, even if we don’t agree with the person in authority.
We are to offer thanks, stand in the gap for justice, and pray diligently for the ones who represent authority.
This is not only pleasing to God, but according to His Word, it allows us to live peaceable, quiet, godly, and dignified lives.
When lawlessness runs rampant, and citizens try to take matters into their own hands, peace is disrupted and lives are in turmoil, as we all have seen to often.
God is the one who places people in leadership — even though in our culture, we are given the privilege of voting for those, hopefully positioning ones in office who do believe in God’s ultimate authority.
The apostle Paul gives this super good advice for Christians who wonder what to think of the governments they find themselves living under:
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence,” (1 Timothy 2:1-2, emphasis added).
It is God who alters the times and seasons, and he removes kings and promotes kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. (Daniel 2:21)
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the U.S.A and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.