Let every person be subject to the governing
authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist
have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists
what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. Romans 13:1-2
years ago a friend of mine who was in charge of the Transportation Security
Administration at the Charlotte airport died suddenly. I performed his funeral service, which was
attended by hundreds of TSA agents.
the service, when I said, “Please stand to honor the family,” they all
stood. When I said, “Please be seated,”
they sat. When I said, “Please bow your
heads and close your eyes,” they bowed their heads and closed their eyes. In that service, the TSA agents submitted to me.
when I go through the security line at the airport, I submit to them. Whatever
they tell me, I do. It doesn’t matter if
they are older or younger than me, or if they have more or less education than
me, or which of us seems to have more sense.
It doesn’t matter if they’ve been in their position for 10 minutes or
ten years. At the airport, they have
authority over me.
Bible is clear: unless it violates God’s
law, we are to obey our governing authorities.
The Bible says that authorities in public places are God’s servants for our
good, and we are to obey them.
does that mean? It means obey the
law. Pay your taxes. Stop at red lights. Drive the speed limit. If you do not obey, you will be punished by
governing authorities, and rightly so.
By the same token, when we obey the law, we build a good reputation with
those in authority over us, and we will have no reason to fear them.
than anyone else, Christians should obey the law, and for no other reason than this: God commands it.
great day and Keep Moving Forward!