Then I get challenged today that I cannot be so heavenly minded that I am no earthly good.
How does my walk with God relate to civil governance?
It is obviously very important part of my testimony, my witness to who I am in Christ.
The terms are quite clear that someone who is walking with God is also subjecting themselves to those God has put in authority over them. Hard to swallow when one thinks of the potential leaders we could have found ourselves under and then try to imagine how submitting would work.
The same word that is a stumbling block to those in marriage is the same word that gives us trouble in this area too.
“Subject” does not mean doormat – it means giving due to a position held that has been placed their by God for our own good, as a blessing. Should the person in such a position not tend to their God-given responsibilities, then our job is to pray that God would replace them with someone who will.
Yes, as with you, I am thinking of the Christians in Egypt who are on the streets protesting and proud of it. I am thinking of the Christians in Iraq, Syria and Iran who have decided to pray instead of fight. What can one say – civil disobedience is not an option anywhere in God’s plan and yet we justify these actions as the freedom of religion and in essence a way to protect our families.
Esther is probably the most powerful story in the Bible where prayer changed the status of the world power at the time. The Jews were meant for total annihilation and through prayer, Esther being the spokesperson, a nation was saved. Hence this book was placed in the Bible even though God actually does not have a presence in it other than His name is mentioned.
May be we choose civil disobedience because its easier than prayer and it takes care of our anger. May the Lord watch between you and me how we proceed when those in authority over us step away from their God-given responsibility. May we seek to prayer with as much aggression and passion as we would consider any other course of action. May the Lord be glorified through everything we do.
- Biblical Submission- a Huge Key to Peace (peacefulwife.com)
- Submission: A Difficult Topic (r16sixteen.wordpress.com)