WEDNESDAY, JULY 6
Scripture: Romans 13:1-4
Romans 13:1-4 says, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.” The King’s job was Godly rule. Bringing the force of government demands judgment in order to accomplish justice. If government is perverted, then executing God’s wrath is perverted. The reason the righteous groan when the wicked are in power is because the wicked enable evil in government. The wicked bring wrath and persecution on the righteous while encouraging evil. Wicked rulers promote evil, demanding God’s judgment. A church that cannot represent the judicial Christ is utterly worthless to a nation when rulers give themselves to evil. No Christian nation should have to endure evil rulers. The church should bring the hand of God upon them and through one of the layers of love, see them repent, or watch them be removed. Romans 13 says that government has the job of terrorizing evil. Are we terrorizing evil or are we allowing evil rulers to terrorize the church? Who is terrorizing who?