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Bible Obligates Christians To Respect And Obey Governmental Authorities, God's Word And God's Laws Take Precedence Over Man's Laws, Not Our Place To Stand Up And Root For Children Of The World When They Resort To Acts Of Violence, Come Out From Among Them, Check Your Heart, Conclusion, Reading List
Continuing our discussion from part two, and taking this a step further, not only does the Bible inform us that it is God alone who raises up leaders, but it also clearly teaches us that we should strive to respect and obey governmental authorities. That is, as long as what they do -- and tell us to do -- aligns with our Christian beliefs. After all, God's Word and God's Laws always take precedence over man's laws and man's word, despite what liberal judges and politicians may think! Furthermore, as the following verses reveal, the authorities bear the sword and punish evil doers by God's own design:
"Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing."
Matthew 5:25-26, KJV
"They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's."
Matthew 22:21, KJV
"And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him."
Mark 12:17, KJV
"And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's."
Luke 20:25, KJV
"If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men."
Romans 12:18, KJV
"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake."
Romans 13:1-5, KJV
"These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men."
Titus 2:15-3:2, KJV
"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king."
1 Peter 2:11-17, KJV
Now, on the surface, the previous verses may seem to justify supporting and rooting for President Trump's recent actions against Iran, and particularly against Qassem Soleimani and his companions at the Baghdad International Airport. However, the truth is, that in order to arrive at such an erroneous conclusion, one has to totally ignore all of the other verses I shared with you in part two regarding remaining separate from the world, not becoming entangled in its affairs, and being opposed to all manner of war and violence. Can you see that now? I certainly hope so. In short, it is not our place as Christians to stand up and root for the children of the world -- and President Trump is most certainly of the world in many ways -- when they feel the need to resort to acts of violence. As I have said before, they are the children of the world, and they will do what they will do, but please do not be partakers of their sins by supporting them in such cases. As we read in part two, the Apostle Paul wrote as follows:
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,"
2 Corinthians 6:17, KJV
In conclusion -- and I say this in love -- I think that some of you really need to check your hearts. Is it possible that some of have hardened your hearts against God's Word, and that you have intentionally rejected what the aforementioned verses clearly state, because they go against what you want to personally believe? I will leave it up to each of you to decide. Please pray about it. Thanks!
With these thoughts I will bring this series to a close. It is my hope that you have found it to be both informative and enlightening, and I pray that it has been a blessing in your life as well. If you have an account with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or with any other social network, I would really appreciate if you would take the time to click or tap on the corresponding link that is found on this page. Thanks so much, and may God bless you abundantly!
For additional information, you may want to refer to the list of reading resources below which were also mentioned in this series, or which contain topics that are related to this series, and which are likewise located on the Bill's Bible Basics web server.
America: Land of the Free . . . and Hypocrisy!
Capture of Saddam Hussein and the New Babylon
Killing and the Phinehas Priesthood
Killing, Murder and Military Duty
Obama, McCain and the Bush Legacy
Owning Guns: What Saith the Scriptures?
Saddam Hussein's Execution and the Euro Dollar War
To Vote, or Not to Vote
Welcome to Greater Israel, USA!
Who is the Real Terrorist?
"Obey the Powers That Be" KJV Bible Verse List
"Peacemakers or Warmongers" KJV Bible Verse List
"Worldliness" KJV Bible Verse List