Submission to authorities.

Romans 13:3-4 “For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.” Brethren, in light of all this craziness in Ferguson, we need to be subject to the Word of God, and bend to His Will. Romans 13 is known for assisting us with understanding that those in authority over us, whether it be the government, law enforcement or simply our employers, they are all given authority by God alone. No one is in that position because they deserve it or by chance, but rather because God has placed them there. We then should submit to authority, because it is not to good conduct that they trifle with, but BAD. When corruption ensues behind the scenes of that authority, there are parameters that we stand against them, ONLY for the upholding of the Gospel. For example, if we are silenced for our faith, we have rights to come against that authority, regardless of the nation we are in, because the gospel is of God, and not man. Even at that point, we still act with Christ-like character, and not for our own agendas. Moreover, we should submit to authorities, because we have no right in ourselves to think more highly than we ought to. For, it was Christ who saved us from our sin and shame, not ourselves. The gospel is about God’s glory and not our own. Therefore, from such a foundation, we should think soberly from grace and humility, as that is the foundation that our eternity was secured through the finished work of Christ. Submit to your authorities today. Not in the realm of the gospel being silent, but for the obedience to God who appoints all governing authorities in our lives. God bless you.

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