Submission to Authorities

The Lord forbid that I should put out my hand against the Lord’s anointed.
1 Samuel 26:11

As a citizen of the United States, I’ve been able to legally vote in elections since 1983.

I say “legally” because growing up in Chicago, there have been decades of alleged shenanigans where more votes have been cast in elections than there are living people over the age of 18!

The first national election I voted in was the presidential election of 1984.

I have never missed an election since. I have gone into the polling place and cast my ballots in Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, and California.

I take this privilege seriously and thank God I live in a country that can have a civilized, peaceful revolution every four years.

The person I vote for doesn’t always win. Sometimes I end up voting for a candidate that loses the election (I have a winning record in presidential elections, however).

But here’s something that is very important for me to keep in mind.

If the candidate I voted for doesn’t win election, that doesn’t mean the candidate that did isn’t my president, or senator, or representative or governor or mayor.

That idea has been pretty much lost in today’s America. And it is a concept that needs desperately to be brought back.

St. Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome in the 1st Century:

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. (Romans 13:1)

That doesn’t mean any elected official is actually the Lord’s anointed one to govern. But the idea or concept of government being ultimately ruled by God is truth.

David understood this truth clearly.

The first king of Israel – Saul of the tribe of Benjamin – was actually anointed by God’s prophet Samuel to be king.

David was just a loyal subject of Saul’s before he rose to prominence in Israel.

Saul rejected God and his path for him and Israel. So God directed Samuel to anoint the next king, who happened to be David.

And Saul, not knowing this, most likely, put David in charge of a Special Forces brigade in Israel’s army.

David might have been well within his rights to stage a coup against Saul and take over as king.

After all, Saul was disobeying God. He was cavorting with those who dabbled in the occult. He was going into battle without God’s blessing. Things were going very wrong for Saul and he was pulling Israel down with him.

Add to this that David was God’s choice to be the next king of Israel! He was advised by some of his fellow warriors to go ahead and eliminate Saul and hasten the God-ordained inevitable change of command and leadership.

But David would not. Even though he knew he was God’s choice, he would not rebel against the current king of Israel.

David left the choice and the timing in God’s hands.

And so should we. If we don’t agree with the current administration, we still should trust that God will continue to care for us and provide for us. If the current leader is corrupt, God will eventual remove him from power. We only need to trust in God. That means not going about removing the leader in a sinful and illegal or immoral way.

This is not how Christians live their lives. It just isn’t! Jesus Christ bled and died to remove our sin, death, and the power of the devil from our lives.

We should not resort to the devil’s tactics to get our way, no matter how noble that way may be (or seem to be).

The leader(s) we have now may not be literally “the Lord’s anointed.” But the governing authorities are instituted by God.

And God knows what he’s doing. So let’s trust him!

Prayer

Heavenly Father, you have been our help in ages past and you are our hope for years to come. All rule and authority in the world comes from you. I pray for our government. I am grateful for the good government and system of government you have caused to be instituted in our land. I pray for all those in authority that they may govern with love for righteousness and peace and that under their leadership our country may continue to enjoy your grace and favor. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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