Loving Under Authority

Loving Under Authority By Kirk Hunt

 

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

Romans 13:1–2 NKJV
Please also read Romans 13:1–14

 

The Apostle Paul commanded Christians living in Rome to obey the rule and authority of the Roman Caesars.  These same Roman leaders would eventually behead the Apostle.  Paul’s words, and example, remain a commandment for Christians today.  Our dual citizenship in God’s Kingdom, and a secular government, leads to complexities we answer through His love and grace.

 

Christians are good citizens of God and heaven, first and foremost.  When push comes to shove, His grace and love should flow out of us to the men and women who persecute us.  Especially when they respond with dogs and firehoses.  

 

Paul was beheaded for preaching the Gospel.  Traditionally, all of the Apostles, save John, were martyred for preaching Jesus.  The Apostles loved Jesus, and their pagan persecutors, more than themselves.  Instead of a clenched fist they used their loving hearts to turn the authorities to Jesus.

 

Through prayer and living as authentic Christians, the Apostles turned pagan Rome into a Christian nation.  No nation, or group, is so far gone that it cannot be brought, or returned, to Christ.  Are you willing to live, love and potentially die as a citizen of heaven?

 

Think:                I am first and foremost a loving citizen of heaven.  Regardless of the cost.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, help me to live out my life as a testimony of Your love.”

 

Copyright © June 2016, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.

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Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Romans 13:1 KJV

Paul is writing to Christians leaving in pagan Rome.  The most likely Caesar or Emperor of the time?  The notorious Nero.

 

Why did not Paul tell the Christians of Rome to take up arms?  Because all governments are ordained by God.  Ordained is defined as invested officially, or appointed by authority.

 

Does being subject mean following every direction a secular leader gives?  Had the Roman Christians been more obedient to Nero, fewer of them would have been martyred.  Still, they lived and worked in a society with radically different beliefs and morals.

 

Modern day Christians live and work using beliefs and morals radically different from the society-at-large.  Like our ancient Roman brothers and sisters, we are called to live out our lives as light and salt.  Most Western Christians do so without the threat of real or serious persecution.

 

What should modern-day Christians do?  First, remain subjects of the King of heaven.  Second, be subject to the secular government God placed ordained for you.

 

Will you agree with everything?  I hope not.  Still, you must be a good citizen of two Kingdoms.  I am sure you know which has priority.

 

Think:             I am called to live and work as salt and light under the current government.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to be a good subject first of You, then of the earthy leaders you ordain.”

 

 

Copyright © August 2012, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.