Romans 13:1-2 was the text for our sermon yesterday at MBC. Here is brief summary of the message.
Far too many Christians have ruined their Christian testimonies in an effort to be good citizens. We must realize that being an American citizen should never dictate how we practice our Christianity; but our Christianity should always dictate how we practice our citizenship.
We also often forget that the Bible instructs us as to how we should respond to government. This is the point of Romans 13:1-2. Here is the argument that Paul presents.
1- Christians are commanded to be subject to civil authority.- vs. 1a
This command is given regardless of the form, party, or personnel of government.
2- All authority is ultimately from God.- vs. 1b
Look at Exodus 19:6, Psalm 21:1, and Daniel 2:21.
3- When we fail to submit to God-ordained authority, we fail to submit to God.- vs. 2
There are three levels of God-ordained authority that are presented in Scripture: The home, the church, and the government. When we fail to submit to these authorities, both in actions and in attitude, we indicate that we are rebelling against God.
As Christians we need to interact with God-ordained authority in a way that demonstrates a complete submissiveness and obedience to God. This will change our attitude toward authority as well as strengthen our testimony.
You can listen to the sermon, “The Christian’s Response to Government” by clicking HERE.