This past Sunday our pastor took a break from his series on marriage to talk about Romans 13. To say that we’re in politically turbulent times might be an understatement, but this passage boils it down in a few short verses.
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established….he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted…For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong…
This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another…
(excerpts from Romans 13)
First, we must respect our leaders. Regardless of how we feel about their policies or even about them personally, their office demands respect.
Next, we must pay what we owe, and by this I mean taxes (ouch!). It’s not pleasant. It’s not easy. But God’s word tells us to do it.
I should also stress that along with this responsibility, we have a right. The right to vote. It’s a privilege afforded every American citizen, and we need to exercise it.
Finally, we need to minimize our dependence on others (debt).
Easier said than done, right? Maybe, but most worthwhile endeavors are like that. And our country – and its future – are worth it.
Let’s talk: How are you celebrating the Fourth of July today?