Does God Care About Government? Part 2Series: FB LIVE
God and Government (2)
Last week, we looked at the question of, “Does God care about government?” The answer we saw was that yes, He does. In fact, God sets up governments and overthrows them. He is above them. Government is God’s tool for order and justice, even when that government is not a Christian one or even always just. The Roman Empire Paul refers to in Romans 13 is a perfect example of this. As government is God’s agent for accomplishing His purposes, multiple passages in the New Testament (Romans 13 and I Peter 2) command our obedience to government. We talked about how this obedience is an important part of our witness as Christians. Rebellious Christians make a poor testimony to the Kingdom of God. Yet, the relationship between government and Christians can sometimes be complicated. What happens if we are commanded by the government to do something that is in direct opposition to basic beliefs of our faith? Are we obligated to disobey in certain circumstances?
This morning, we’ve seen from a story in Daniel that yes, there are instances in which we as God-fearing citizens of a particular government must civilly disobey a public order. This is not a banner to wave in the name of our freedom, but an obligation we have to a higher government that we must obey first—the Kingdom of God. This does not give us license to disobey government whenever we feel our rights are being violated, otherwise the Christians in Rome should have revolted in their being unfairly treated! Please continue to pray for our nation and our government. I don’t know what the future holds for us as believers in America. I do know that God has set into the presidency every single president that has served this nation—Democrat or Republican—and I believe He will do so again on November 3.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.” I Timothy 2:1-3