Christian Duties to Our Government
The results are in. President Barack Obama was re-elected for a 2nd term as President of the United States of America. Whether you voted for him not, you still have to be under subjection to him. The Word tells us we must honor, respect, and pray for our national leaders. So now our true tasks as Kingdom Citizens/American Citizens begins.
First, the Word instructs us to pray for our national leaders and governing authorities. We should be praying for that their carrying out God’s will for our nation. In 1 Timothy 2:1 – 4 Paul tells us, “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, who wants all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.”
First we must pray for our leaders because it “pleases God”. He wants us to pray and make intercessions for everyone and that includes our government leaders and authorities. So whether you voted of for President Obama or not, you are instructed by the Word to pray for him.
Second we must be in subjection to our leaders. We must honor and respect them regardless of our personal beliefs and feelings towards them. We also must be careful not to slander or talk negatively about them. The Word forbids us to do that.
Read what Paul tells us in Romans 13:1-14
"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. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience."
Last, we are supposes to be obey the laws of the land and pay our taxes! Now some people have issues paying their taxes. But Jesus clears that up for us in Matthew 17:24-27. Read this dialogue between Jesus and Peter.
“ On their arrival in Capernaum, the collectors of the Temple tax came to Peter and asked him, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the Temple tax?”
“Yes, he does,” Peter replied. Then he went into the house.”
“But before he had a chance to speak, Jesus asked him, “What do you think, Peter? Do kings tax their own people or the people they have conquered?"
“They tax the people they have conquered,” Peter replied.
“Well, then,” Jesus said, “the citizens are free! However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.”
What’s remarkable about these scriptures is the tax collectors asked Peter did his teacher (which was Jesus) pay taxes. And Peter answered yes, so even Jesus had to pay taxes! And he instructed Peter that they must pay their taxes. So you must pay your taxes or as Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:21 give the government all that it’s due!
Today I encourage you to pray for our president and all our government authorities. Always honor and respect them. Never slander their name or speak negatively about them because God forbids us to. So if you don’t like them, keep your opinion to yourself or tell it to God! And most importantly pay your taxes. If Jesus paid his taxes, so can you! No excuses people!
Today’s Scripture: “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.” Titus 3:1-2