I’m not writing to defend a party or a position … because the issue as I see it transcends Red State, Blue State or liberal and conservative. This isn’t about Tea Parties or Green Rallies.
Not to government but to the Lord.
Let everyone be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is NO AUTHORITY except FROM GOD, and those which exist are ESTABLISHED BY GOD. Romans 13:1 NASB (emphasis added)
In fact, verse 2 of Romans 13 is very explicit:
Therefore he who resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.
Given that Paul was writing to the church in Rome where believers were subject to one of the cruelest governmental regimes in history, I find it a compelling command.
But, what if we step back for a moment and consider this idea of submission to our government in this context of politeness.
Because the reality is … We are going to find particular policies and positions in opposition to the Word of God. And there will be times when, as faithful believers, we must rise up in voice and at the ballot box to herald the truth of Scripture.
Will we be mud-slinging, name-calling, trash-talking witnesses of God?
Or will we speak truth laced with love and compassion, seeking only to give glory to God through our words, attitudes, and actions?
The truth is … As believers, we are all witnesses of Christ. We need to consider what sort of witnesses we are. Even in our disagreement with government and politics, we must never compromise the name and character of Christ.
I wonder, as this election season begins to heat up, what would happen if we as Jesus-followers listened more than we spoke (James 1:19), in humility considered the needs of others before our own needs (Philippians 2:3-4), and were just kind (Ephesians 4:32)? How would a massive groundswell of common courtesy affect the political process and our government?
Willing to give that a go with me?