Good Word for the Day: Jan 28, 2012

If you knew someone who had been treated unfairly by the government you’d likely inclined to question,protest or even undermine that government’s authority. You and I might do this, but St. Paul does not. In his closing comments of his longest of letters to the Romans, he says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.” He says this even though he’s fully aware Jesus was treated unfairly by his government and sentenced to execution by crucifixion. The reason Paul says this follows when he states, “For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (13.1) Paul uses very broad and inclusive language to say we’re all called on to respect the authority of government because ultimately, authority comes from God. You see, the sins of Jesus’ government were used by God for his greater purposes. We’re called on to trust in the same way. Our submission to authorities is an act of faith/trust God will use our circumstances for our good and his glory. For more information visit me at

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