Respect and Honor to Authority is a Divine Commands
By Eric Jinkwen
Romans 13:2: "Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves."
We saw different levels of authority established by God for the purpose of order, calling and principles. We cannot have two leading commanders in the same boat. One is always chief commander and the other is assistant commander.
The same in a plane, and everywhere else.
Rebellion and disobedience to authority are dangerous because the Bible says, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”
(1 Samuel 15:23a).
So, we can understand Apostle Paul when he wrote this, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.”
(Romans 13:1). Disobedience to authority is disobedience to God and it leads to judgment as we see in verse 2, “Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.” So, free yourself from such judgments by abiding to authority over you.
Taking the case of government and citizens, many people and even Christians have been taught and led to think that the government is evil and that we should pray against the government and against those in government. This idea has also been promoted along the years because some government leaders have been antagonistic to the church and her missions. But, let’s have a different view today through God’s word.
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Even though many who are in government and in many positions of authority are yet to be born again, Christians are specifically called to the following three things:
1) Respect those in authority. They are also God’s servants. Resisting them is the same as resisting God who established them.
2) Be subject to governing authorities out of reverence for God.
3) Pray for those in authority for your own peace and well being as we find in 1 Timothy 2:1-4.
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