As a ministry we stand firmly on the primacy of the authority of Scripture in all things. Nothing supersedes the Word of God.
Last Thursday, as one of the most powerful political figures in the world came rolling down Falls to visit with a family across the street from the school, I was thinking about the strong reactions elicited by his position.
We are heading toward another election at the end of this year. It is not likely that there will be less controversy or animosity involved; rather, we can expect the opposite.
As Christians, how should we live/speak about things like politics? We look to Scripture to teach us.
All authority begins and ends with God.
Romans 13:1 “For there is no power but from God; the powers that be are ordained by God.”
God is the judge of all men.
Psalm 75:7 “But God is the judge: He putteth down one, and setteth up another.”
We are commanded to submit to authority that doesn’t conflict with God’s Word.
Romans 13:1 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.”
We are commanded to pray for authority.
I Timothy 2:1-4 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
We are not God and our opinions and feelings don’t excuse us.
Romans 13:2 “Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”
Thinking this way is not natural for us which is why BEFORE this truth, in Chapter 12, Paul writes what has to change in order for us to think God’s way about things like political authority.
Romans 12: 1-3 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
We will not always agree with the authority that God has placed in our lives, but we are always expected to pray for them and submit to the authority that doesn’t lead us to violate God’s Word.
Let’s commit to praying for these upcoming elections, our local officials, Governor Cooper, President Biden and all of the others. Pray for God’s will to be done and pray for their salvations.