[There will be no video for this week.]
In the past few weeks we've been considering the relationship between faith and politics. We have centered our thoughts on this amazing verse:
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For these is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Romans 13:1
You might read that verse and respond by saying that it is hard for you to submit to an elected official with whom you don't agree. But look at the wording of this verse. This call to be "subject to" is not based on your agreement with their policies, but as a response of trust to God's leadership and will. This is a response of faith, not a call to simply, blindly agree. God is asking you to submit to your elected leaders not because you agree with them, but because you obey and trust God.
What does it mean for us to submit? What should it look like in our lives? To submit to our officials means being a good citizen. It means that we should obey the laws of the land. It also means we should respect our leaders. Why? To bring glory to God! So let me ask you a question. As a Christian, what is your personal response to our government? Sometimes that can be really hard for us, can't it?
We see Daniel as an example of respect to civil authority and ultimate obedience to God. When Daniel was asked to eat food which violated his conscience, this is how he responded:
Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king's food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see. So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days. At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king's food. Daniel 1:12-15
Daniel respected and submitted to his leaders, but he didn't do it blindly. His conscience was violated by the request that was given to him, so he respectfully requested a reasonable solution. The best application for all of us from this verse is to respect your leaders by praying and obeying.
As we get closer to the next election, keep praying for God to direct your path and your decisions. Please keep praying that God will guide and direct our country. Keep praying that we will have faith to respond to whatever God's plans are for our country. But most of all, please keep praying that God will be glorified and that revival comes!