Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 7:1-9:1 / Romans 13:1-14 / Psalm 89:38-45
We read these words in The Pledge of Allegiance…“one nation under God…” That phrase reflects the godly heritage our forefathers established for our nation. The United States was founded upon Biblical principles yet some question our nation’s submission to God today; saying our nation is godless and rebellious.
Despite our government’s response to the place that God has in our land, they do not get to determine God’s place…God determines their place! Man is not in control; God is in control! Knowing that truth, Paul gives us instructions concerning our response and attitude towards government, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1)
The political landscape for Christians at this time was trying and challenging. Nero was in power and in a few years would bring great havoc and martyrdom to Christians. He came against the church with great vengeance and cruelly slaughtered thousands of innocent believers.
Governments do commit immoral acts against people yet God does not advocate a spirit of rebellion like the Jewish Zealots exhibited. When Herod was about to kill every male child 2 years and younger, God instructed Joseph to flee to Egypt. God will take care of His people and give direction during the most challenging of times.
We are called to voluntarily submit to the government God sets in place. Our confidence and hope is not in a man made government but the God established government. We have been given the privilege in the United States to elect our governmental officials and I am thankful for our freedom and democracy.
Trust in God and submit to the leadership God has in place. It matters not our political preference or slant…only God can provide for a nation. I once read that when Jesus comes back as King of Kings, He will be riding on a white horse, not on an elephant or donkey! Don’t worry…God has a plan and He has it all under control!