How many times have we heard those words out of people we’ve known? How many times have they turned out to be a bunch of nonsense? People let us down. People are sinners by nature and even though they may have the best intentions, they let us down. At the core level, people can’t be trusted fully. Only One can be trusted to be Faithful and True 100% all the time. That’s God.
So when we read something in God’s word, the Bible, whose meaning is pretty plain, why can’t we trust what He says to be true? Or why can’t we come to believe that a command in scripture is just that, a command? That no matter how we try to rationalize something and filter an event in our lives through our cultural context, God’s word is still true 100% of the time. God cannot lie.
So when we see something like this:
13:1 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. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 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, 4 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. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. (Romans 13:1-7, ESV)
2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Tim 2:1-3, ESV)
Why is it so difficult for American Christians to understand that these very words from God are to be trusted and obeyed?
This past couple of days, with the killing of Osama bin Laden, I’ve seen some of the most disgusting public displays of un-Christian behavior from some our Christian acquaintances. Behavior that flies directly in the face of what these verses command above.
We, as Christians, are first citizens of Heaven and second citizens of the United States. Our loyalty is to the God of Heaven and Earth first and the USA second. We are representatives of Jesus Christ here on earth first and patriotic Americans second.
When God commands us to respect our leaders, pray for our leaders, and quietly obey our leaders (short of violating scripture), He means just that. God doesn’t mean for us to slander our president, to mock him, or even to openly stir up rebellion against him.
Now I know some may say “So we were to have done just what Hitler said without ever saying a word”?……….Uh, no……..that’s not what these verses imply at all. If this is difficult to be rationally understood, then that might just be where the problem lies.
I’m certainly not advocating that we’re never to speak our opinions nor stand up against injustice. I’m also not saying we aren’t to pray to God for godly leadership. What I am saying is we aren’t to ever mock our president, make fun of his wife, call him names, insult his intelligence,……..or……most of all…….his race. That’s nothing but an arrogant stance before God on our part and is in direct disobedience to the explicit commands of scripture.
The most perfect human being ever created (not including Jesus) falls so far short, is full of sin and rebellion to God, and fails God’s standard every single day. This “perfect” human’s righteousness would be considered nothing more than “filthy rags” before God. Who are we to open our mouths only for the purposes of mocking or insulting our leaders, who are far from perfect, and who have been placed there by God?
Yes, that’s what I said. Barak Hussein Obama has been placed there by God, whether you like it or not. Satan didn’t place him there as president, God did. And guess what……Hilary Clinton was placed in her position also.
So, as a Christian, the thing to do is take God at His word and pray for our leaders and show them respect. Stop grumbling and complaining openly and publicly about our leadership and show humility and respect. Grumbling and complaining about our leadership is nothing more than grumbling and complaining about God’s choice for this day and time in our lives.
You never know, God just might be trying to teach us something. Maybe a little humility?