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. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. (Romans 13:1-5 ESV)
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This is a clear command from God to obey those He places in authority over us. This includes the federal government, your employer, your teacher…etc.
1 Peter also says this,
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God…Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. (1 Peter 2:13-16,18)
God desires that we obey those in authority over us even if they are not Christians, or even if they don’t treat us nicely, because by our obedience in spite of they will see Christ in us. The only time when you can disobey or be unsubmissive to government is when obeying the government means disobeying God. And we all know that, “We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29)
In the end God says,“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.”
So what he says we will do. Amen? Amen! Thanks for reading this post! I hope it did you some good.