MONDAY, MAY 27
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.” These verses bring up a fairly simple question. Whose job is wrath? We have been taught that all wrath fell on Jesus. Therefore, wrath is not an issue. But, it is an issue, according to Romans 1. And now, Scripture gives definition to how the wrath of God is an issue of justice against evil-doers and specifically those who practice evil. Those who consistently practice evil are worthy of God’s wrath. It is government’s job to execute that. But what if government starts calling good evil and evil good? Who is worthy of God’s wrath if government abandons the execution of wrath based on what the Bible says is evil? Whose job does it become? Is it God’s job? According to Romans 13, it is the government’s job. Is there a government that is higher than our civil government? Is God’s government higher than our civil government? If God’s government is higher than our civil government, then it is God’s government’s job. And who represents God’s government? Are those assigned doing their job? Is where you go to church preparing you for this assignment? If it is not, what are you going to do about it? Give place to wrath, create a path!