Condensed from my Missions Course (2008)
What is our responsibility and attitude towards all government?
Exercise your right to vote but once leaders are elected to office, support them as unto the Lord. Remember that He has allowed or chosen them to gain office.
Since there is no authority except from God, including all communist, despotic or repressive governments, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God, we are enjoined to be subject to the governing authorities, submitting to man’s ordinances for the Lord’s sake.
As we contemplate the difficult-to-comprehend situation that this appointment may include despotic governments that persecute God’s people and repress the growth of the gospel, we can know that we are given a role in making change. We are admonished to intercede and pray for all who are in authority in order that we may lead peaceable lives.
Such fervent prayer will be effective and avail much and can result in breakthrough in those countries with repressive governments. The reason for our submission to all governments is for the Lord’s sake, and this is the will of God. As in all of our responses, we are to do all to the glory of God.
Prayer for the welfare of government and all in authority should come from those who are righteous and upright. When it goes well for these citizens, the city benefits and rejoices. They are the ones who can bless the city, state or national governments.
What a privilege and responsibility we have in determining the outcome of elections by praying the will of God into place. Otherwise, without our prayers, it is possible for the will of God to be delayed, as in the case of the Israelites’ 40-year detour in the wilderness.
R. S. P.
Note from Pong:
Meakness is not a weakness. It is like a stallion that surrenders to his rider. (Should you have any questions for the Biblical excerpts kindly notify me. Thank You!)