Christians, Governments and Elections

Christians living in a democracy enjoy great privileges and incur serious responsibilities. There are duties to God and duties to the government under which we live.

God’s Word supplies adequate information as to our duties to our government. Notice the following excerpts from Scripture:

Daniel 4:17 “…so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone He wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men.” God’s rule includes governments and leaders.

Philippians 3:20 “…our citizenship is in heaven.” Christian have duel citizenship, the most important being our citizenship in the kingdom of heaven.

Act 5:29 We must obey God rather than men.” Whenever government demands of us that which is contrary to God’s will, we must obey God rather than man’s law.

Mark 12:17 “Then Jesus said to them ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s”. That establishes that we are obligated to meet our duties to government as well as duties to Jehovah.

I Peter 2:13-17 “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men; whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by Him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” Subjection and obedience to all levels of government is a vital part of our religious duty.

I Timothy 2:1-3 “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone — for kings, and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior.” We owe our leaders our prayers. We want them to guarantee our safety and tranquility, in return we owe them our prayers for their well-being.

Romans 13:1-7 “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong….for he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of punishment but also because of conscience. 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, the respect; if honor, then honor.”

Our duty is to be the best citizens of our nation!  — by John Waddey, editor of “CHRISTIANITY: then & now

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