Romans–Passionate Christian Theology
Everyone seems to have an opinion about how the government over the people should be managed. We feel we are put upon, even burdened, to pay the government what they asked. We feel that all elected officials must be crooked in their management, although WE the people elected them! (Or those who voted did!) We feel the laws created by those elected officials for centuries now, were made to make life miserable for us.
We’re not saying there isn’t corruption inside our government, but we might be guilty of being corrupt ourselves. We try to cut corners in paying our taxes, look for loopholes in the law and even hire someone to get us “off the hook” even when we might be guilty. Paul give us another perspective for living as believers IN the world while not being OF the world. The powerful word he uses is RESPECT and reminds us that God is still in control over all…even our government. We do not have to agree but we CAN be respectful to those who have been elected. So if we respect and obey our government we are doing it unto God, Himself. Doesn’t that stand to reason? I read ugly comments made through social media, by believers, that break my heart, so I wonder what God feels about it?
Romans 13, The Message
1-3 Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.
3-5 Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you’ll get on just fine, the government working to your advantage. But if you’re breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren’t there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. That’s why you must live responsibly—not just to avoid punishment but also because it’s the right way to live.
6-7 That’s also why you pay taxes—so that an orderly way of life can be maintained. Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders.
Time to think and reflect…How could I be more respectful to those who have been elected and chosen to govern our world, locally and nationally? Pay my taxes, pay my bills, respect my leaders. Mm.
Dear Heavenly Father, You have chosen Paul to write words of wisdom based on what Jesus also taught us…”give to Caesar what is due”, with more concern over what we are giving back to You with our very lives. Lord, I give you my life. All of it. I have more respect in my heart because of your message to me. Go with us into this world and help us to navigate it as true believers with You guiding every step. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen