Light In The Darkness: May 23, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” – Romans 13:1

This verse is usually called upon to remind us to be submissive to authority. It is a reminder we need for it is easy to adopt a wrong attitude when we see men and women in authority having little or no fear of God. It is good to be reminded that God tells us those in authority hold their respective positions because He, Himself placed them there. In Daniel 2 we read, “He removes kings and sets up other kings.”  Thus, to be in submission to those over us is to be in submission to God. There are time, of course, when we are not to submit (Acts 4:19) but all this is for another time.

Today I want to address how these passages also speak to those who are in positions of authority.  You hold a position that was established by none other than God and He says that He has specifically appointed you to serve there. Thus, you do not simply hold a position of power and authority, but you have responsibility to God.

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