What does god say about obeying authorities?

God And Authority
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At the beginning of this year a buddy of mine, and a great teacher, started a biblical theology class in his home that later turned into a Sunday Bible study. One thing that we went over was whether or not we are suppose to obey what our leaders command of us. I was on the fence about this. I thought to myself, "why should I have to obey a leader I dislike and did not vote for?" It's not fair right? Well it is fair, and I'll tell you why. At least the best that I can.

What does God have to do with our Government?

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.. Romans 13:1-2

Jesus answered [speaking to Pilate], You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.
John 19:11

No one can exalt themselves. It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.
Psalms 75:6-7

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. Hebrews 13:17


God makes it very clear that he has appointed our authorities too us, and that authority exists because God felt it should exist. My buddy John said it best, "Having a Government, whether you think it to be good or bad, is better than having NO Government at all." The more I thought about that, the more I knew he was right.

Imagine having no government. No law enforcement. No Fire Dept. Without authority there is now law and order. There would be no justice for the criminal thief, rapist, or murderer. There is no good that can come from a "lawless" country.

So Should we not vote during the election?

We absolutely should vote during every election. The voting system, as flawed as some feel it is, was set up by our Government so that we have a say in who the next leader is going to be whether it be President, Governor, or even Mayor.

But I thought God appointed authority, how does our vote count?

We vote every term for who we think the next President is going to be. All Politicians have their own agenda, I get that, but we try to vote for "the lesser of the two evils" based off of what they're going to do for the us on a personal level and our country. The candidate that wins the most votes, by the will of God, becomes our next President. And the same goes for our states Governors and City Mayors. God may urge his followers to vote for one candidate, then appoint the other to give us the leader we deserve. Could be for our punishment, or our reward.

Perhaps the best example of how important it is to obey authorities is here:
21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. Peter 2:21-25


It's so important that we obey authorities that Christ, who did no wrong, submitted himself to the authorities that beat and tortured him.

Final thoughts

I honestly believe that God truly appoints all authority. If it weren't true, the bible would not tell us so and I believe the bible to be true! Whether we like it or not we should be thankful for our government. There may be many things we dislike about it, but the fact we have a government is better than not having one at all.

I also believe that the authority we have at any time in our life is appointed to us at that time because that leader, good or bad, is what we deserved at the time.

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