Should We Always Obey the Government?
We are in the practical section of the Book of Romans, and this evening we will consider the Christian's relationship with the government.
We are to submit ourselves to governmental authorities for the very simple reason that they are ordained of God. It is true that the kingdoms of this world belong to Satan and that injustice and corruption abound in all governments; yet God still has control.
Rome was the imperial capital, the seat of the empire's civil government. As residents in Rome, Paul's initial readers were aware of both the glory and the shame of that city in the days of Nero, who reigned from a.d. 54 to 68. But they were also citizens of Christ's kingdom (Php_3:20; Col_1:13). Appropriately, therefore, Paul discussed a Christian's relationship to his government and civil rulers. Both in its length and specific details this discussion is the key New Testament passage on the subject.
We sometimes wonder if our government is following the proper principles that will help us to become a stronger nation, or is our government trying to destroy us. I will not get into politics today, and tell you who to vote for in the next election, but I will say that I always vote for the person who seems to be following the principles of the Word of God. I am not devoted to a single party, whether democrat or republican, but I look at the character of the person before voting for him or her. To be sure in this upcoming election, I do encourage everyone to vote for the proper definition of marriage as ordained by God. The Lord brought Adam and Eve together in the Garden of Eden, and performed the first wedding ceremony. In that process, God gave the proper definition for a marriage, which is one man for one woman. We read about it in Genesis 2:24
24Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
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