Living Under Authority


Living Under Authority

August 9

“Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake; whether it be the king, as supreme, or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well (1 Peter 2:13,14).

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2 thoughts on “Living Under Authority

  1. Rick August 10, 2019 / 3:11 am

    “…as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers…”

    It may seem that I am cherry picking the word of God, even to the point of taken a single clause from a single verse. Yet that is not the case. My intent is to highlight how others do slice and dice the word in order to make their point.

    The verses here speak of our proper response to those who have position over us as being appointed by God. To these we submit and obey. We do so to the benefit of ourselves, for community, for society, yet most importantly, to honor and glorify God. Yet there is a caution contained in the verses.

    The clause is to distinguish the righteous from the unrighteous, the just from the unjust. We are called to be holy for He is holy (1Peter 1:16), the exhortation is to maintain in excellence as we seek after God. We are to cast off malice, turn from sin, abandon every form of wickedness. This applies to ourselves as individuals and to us corporately.

    We can not keep faith with God where we tolerate the unjust simply because they are our ‘leaders’.

    (We are in a Constitutional Republic, we do not have leaders, we have representatives. This is remains true in spite of their hue and cry designed to confuse and conflate terms.)

    We lay off the wicked in high office as one would shed a filthy worn out garment. Do not descend into the plurality of those who would impose mischief onto the people.

    As we do so, we do with confidence, steadfast and bold.

    As is written, there is nothing new under the sun. For all things, for every age, the word of God is wise and knowledgeable with understanding for however one finds themselves in life. The word of God should be your constant companion.

    • Rick August 10, 2019 / 3:15 am

      Oops, I meant to include how some may take this verse to say, ‘see, you are to submit to your government’. Yet they disregard the part of the verse which I have highlighted. There are many other examples of this sort of deceit and guile.

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