October 6, 2019

1 Peter 2:13–15 (ESV) — 13 “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.”

I think most Christians are not pleased with the direction of the government. It seems like we are losing religious freedoms almost daily. Also, immorality is being lifted up as good rather than evil. The Apostle Peter offers good advice on how to relate to government. We are to submit to all authority even if it is increasingly corrupt. (Of course, we are never to submit to doing anything that is contrary to Scripture.) It’s helpful to remember that Peter wrote in the days of the Roman Empire which was no friend to the Christians. However, he still affirmed the legitimate rule of the Roman government.

Giving thanks for our government is a good practice. God has established it to “punish those who do evil and praise those who do good”.

Another good practice is to not place our hope in government. Though we are to respect our leaders, only Jesus offers hope for lasting change. When He returns, he will make all things right. Until that time, sin corrupts all levels of society and corrupts all individuals. Today, as we gather together for worship, let’s remember that Jesus is the only answer!

“Father God, Thank You for establishing the institution of government. Without it, sinful people would engage in complete anarchy. Also, thank You that we live in a country where we still have many religious freedoms. Help me not to be bitter toward those in government that oppose my views. Keep me focused on my citizenship in heaven. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”