It’s been a month. In that time, I have observed this nation condemn our police, our president, the candidates vying for the next presidency, the school curriculum, teachers, restaurants, other drivers, other countries, the list never stops. We are so busy judging everyone else, that we fail to look in the mirror and see the many things we need to be working on for our own improvement.
Romans 13:1-2 says “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God,a nd the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.
I know it may be hard to believe that God put Obama in his position, but He did and He did it for a purpose. Just because we can’t see what that purpose is doesn’t mean it’s not God-ordained and good. God did the same thing with Pharaoh in order to teach His people what it’s like to be without Him. It showed the Israelites what separation from Him was like and then what it was like to be rescued by Him. How incredible! Yes, it took 500 years of captivity for the Israelites to be freed, but I wonder if God tried many times before Moses to find that one man who would obey Him?
We can be just like Moses. He was obedient and revered his authority. He didn’t come blazing in with his own agenda threatening Pharaoh, he obeyed God’s instructions when he confronted Pharaoh. That is what we should be aiming for. Listen to God’s instructions and obey. It’s that simple, but it starts with respecting those who are in authority first. None of us are perfect, including those who are in authority, but if we show the respect we are charged to show, then the honorable side of our authority is more likely to shine through than the violent and judgmental side.
God obviously has something for us to learn from those who are in authority right now. We don’t have to like the way things are being run, but we do have to show discipline and respect to our government. If we don’t like them, we simply vote them out. That’s the way it’s designed, but remember, whoever gets voted in, even if we didn’t vote for them, should receive the respect the goes with the office.
When we honor our authority here on earth, we are honoring God.