Who’s in charge?

Romans 13:1-2  “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.  Therefore, whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.”

Throughout history, God’s sovereignty establishes governing leaders.  ALL governing authority is established by God.  It is an absolute truth thru which His character comes.  All human authority is morally culpable.  We all have someone to whom we are accountable.

So why should we submit?  If not, the cost of rebellion is greater!  There are four reasons (for the purposes of this post) that are for consideration.  First, it is not tied to any human rule.  The authority of God establishes who we are and the purpose behind God’s platform.  The platform of social media reflects upheaval of society, going on in the world today.  Second, it is not predicated upon any human authority. God’s authority is internal and individual.  It changes everything, that is it changes hearts – the human heart.  It requires a response.  Human authority on the otherhand is external and temporal.  It is created for the good of the masses.  It requires not a response but causes a reaction.  Third, death – usually a consequence of disobedience.  God calls this sin.  Lastly is capital punishment.  Here on earth that is leathal injection or the electric chair or capital punishment.  God’s capital punishment is eternal damnation.

Submission to authority honors God and conscience.  It brings about a peace that this world cannot offer.  This submission to God’s authority and sovereignty involves integrity.  God’s sovereignty is reality.  It is there for all to see but not everyone does.  Instead, some take a stand that is against authority, whether it be God’s or man’s.  A stand is a physical manifestation of an internal decision.  Some of those stands happen on the wrong side of  morality.  This spirit of protest runs counter to the authority already established or in place and is wrong.  It may be politically legal but it is morally wrong.  It is an insult to God and His established creation.

If we take a look at history once again, we see that every empire, every society, regime, kingdom etc… has failed.  This is in contrast to Jesus’ perfect and future reign.


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