Pastor preached from Romans 13 today. I learned a lot about my pastor, for one he is very “political.” He confessed that in the past he would allow his political views to overshadow almost everything else, until the Lord convicted him.
It was interesting in that he pointed out that Paul teaches us that our first civic duty is to submit to the government authorities. I had never thought about that. I always liked the passage from 1 Timothy 2. Where it talks about the need to pray for kings and those in authority, so that we might live in peace. The other passage, from 2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (NIV).
But as Pastor pointed out, Paul clearly directs us to submit. The hard question is, when we don’t submit to the authorities of the land, or we indeed failing to submit to God?
It is also our tendency is to rebel against authority, before one becomes a Christian we are in rebellion to God’s word. Our sinful nature causes us to rebel and think we can do things ourselves.
Room to grow. I have never been a political activist by any stretch of the imagination. But I haven’t always been the most supportive of our government leadership. With the presidential election coming this year, the need for prayer has never been greater.
BTW, the picture is from San Diego Wild Animal Park when we visited back in June. I can’t rememb what type of bird he is, but he was beautiful.