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. Romans 13:1 (NKJV)
Nearly all Americans have noticed a major change in the tenor and direction of our government over the last six years. The economy isn't doing well, we as a nation have seen a great increase in moral decadence, our borders are wide open, food and fuel prices are through the roof, and we wonder what the future holds. Now this didn't just begin six years ago, it has been going on for generations, but it has clearly been on steroids of late.
At the same time we question what is ongoing around us, we still want to believe that our government is trying to do what is right, but the growing number and intensity of corruption scandals has all thinking that things clearly aren't right and that something dire is about to happen. There are rumors about the establishment of FEMA camps for detaining citizens, food shortages, and potential loss of property in the event of a national emergency and executive orders have even been signed allowing the President to deploy civilian and even military forces against citizens in the event of a major event causing violence and chaos. It is just a situation which none of us could have predicted even ten years ago and the tension appears to be growing in tempo as the government lurches ever more distant from the will of the people.
At the same time, we Christians are confronted with the words of Paul concerning our relationship with governing authorities. We look at what is going on and we read those words and we see a major conflict between the two, so what exactly did Paul mean when he wrote those words so many years ago?
Man being a social animal must organize to maintain order and that's where government comes in. Protection and safety were the two most necessary factors and over time such things as highways and infrastructure naturally followed. The evil of taxes followed to provide the funding, but as we have seen in the modern world it has gotten totally out of hand. But the key to Paul's writings has to do with government authority being a grant from God since God IS the authority for everything. So if you take it to the next step, his writings don't mean that government has God's moral authority to do anything it wants. It is supposed to be godly, that is, compliant with the Word of God.
Finally, we understand that unless the government operates in a manner which does not require you to relinquish your requirements to be godly you will no longer be held accountable for its edicts. A government that no longer represents God's will is no longer one that serves man as well. It's this very factor that served as a key point in the writing of our Declaration of Independence. Americans declared their independence from a Britain that no longer followed God's laws but instead followed ungodly laws of the King. He clearly lost his authority from God by his treatment of the colonists and therein went beyond the tipping point of social order.
Are we in the early phase of such a predicament today in America? Well, there are clear signs that we are but there is also time to turn this situation around if Americans put their hearts and minds to it. Our requirement is to pray and ask for God's help in reaching our conclusions, but if it then becomes clear that our government no longer performs its godly purpose and oversteps its bounds due to greed, corruption, or any other sinful goal, people of God have the right to refuse to submit.
And as I think this clearly points out, the Bible is the base source for all wisdom, knowledge and good in this and all matters, all written by men who had been inspired by the Holy Spirit and the knowledge they were given to impart. Read it daily, study it and, of course, refer to other works and research which has been done to more clearly explain the deep meanings of the Word as written. The Holy Word is the base source of all the information we need to live the godly life and minister to those who need our help. It leads us to the answers of life and opens us up to the gifts that each of has received to be used in making life better on this earth. Only a loving God could have inspired such a work.
Believe, my friends. Read, study, pray, discuss and attend worship with the Bible as your guiding handbook and you will always find the answers to life's puzzles and the trials and tribulations that you will face. If you don't believe me, just try it, but give it some time. You will be amazed at how it opens your heart and mind and clarifies your life in a way that you could never before be imagined. God bless you and God bless America.