What is your response to the decrees put forth by today’s rulers?
- Do you pray or do you protest?
- Do you obey or boycott?
- Do you comply or complain?
We should consider the example of the Joseph and Mary. Comphy and cozy in Nazareth, waiting for the birth of the Christ Child, along comes Caesar Augustus and his ridiculous decree. How did they respond; did they protest, grumble, or disobey? My suspicion (based on their eventual reaction) is that their response was more in line with Paul’s exhortation found in 1 Timothy 2:1-2, despite having never read it.
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
Joseph and Mary knew that God was in control. They also understood that God is not capable of lying; if He said something was going to occur, it surely would. And perhaps most importantly they recognized that God occasionally will allow seemingly bad things to happen in order that His will be done. They had to perceive this, otherwise they certainly would not have ventured out of their home to have a baby. It took faith in God and obedience to an unreasonable decree, in order that prophesy would be fulfilled.
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.” Micah 5:2
I am not saying that we need to, ‘Shut-up and pay our taxes,’ but rather that we remember our Lord is in control. He alone has allowed those in authority to be in power and good or bad, republican or democrat, they are nothing more than marionettes in His hand. God has the power to turn ugly into beauty; failure into fulfillment. Our primary recourse is to pray, vote wisely, and exercise the activities our laws allow.
Having said that…
Is there ever a time to disobey the government? Absolutely! If the powers-that-be ask us to break one of God’s laws, then by all means we should disobey, even if it means we will likely suffer greatly — even unto death. But with rebellion comes a warning: if you choose to disobey, you better be able to quote chapter and verse to support the position your taking, otherwise our only godly recourse is to pray, give thanks, and live a quiet and peaceful life trusting in Christ Jesus.
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. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. Romans 13:1-2
- What do these verses say about God
- What do they say about us?
- What kind of changes do we need to consider?
These articles may or may not be related to this post:
- The Journey to Bethlehem (shaneleewilliamson.wordpress.com)
- The Decree of God (keyword-power.com)
- Deity (faithfamilyto.org)
- Is Jesus for Real? The Certainty of Faith (lifeandbuilding.com)
- Decree and Declare (1woman2women.wordpress.com)
- Do good Christians make bad citizens? (wordsofgrace.wordpress.com)
- Addio! (damnthefreshman15.wordpress.com)
- Faith Child – The Gospel of Peace (ptl2010.com)
- Luke 1-2 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
- Finding Jesus in the Prophecies (sabbathsermons.com)
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