(1) All authority is come from God for the betterment of the people so that the evil be punished and the good be praised/blessed irrespective of any caste, creed or religion.
(2) We are to obey governmental authorities, and the government is to treat us justly and fairly.
(3) Even when the government does not live up to its role, we are still to live up to ours.
(4) We must remember that God created the authorities ruling over us just as He created us.
(5) The Bible says, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the kings, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right” (1 Peter 2:13-14).
(6) Many times, however, a government will stray from its purpose and become oppressive. When that happens, we are still to live in obedience. “Servants, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God” (1 Peter 2:18-19).
(7) As citizens of this nation we must pay our taxes. In the Bible times The Roman government taxed the Jews unjustly and many of the tax collectors were thieves. When asked about this dilemma, Jesus took a coin and said, “‘Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?’ ‘Caesar’s,’ they replied. Then he said to them, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s’” (Matthew 22:20-21).
(8) Evidently, the believers in Rome were still asking the same question because Paul instructed them on the matter. “This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing” (Romans 13:6).
(9) Finally, when the government asks us to do something that is in direct disobedience to God’s Word, we are to disobey the government in faithful confidence of the Lord’s power to protect us. We have an example of Daniel: Daniel faithfully served the government of his day. But there were some officers who became jealous of him and tricked the king into signing a decree “…that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions” (Daniel 6:7).
(10) Daniel responded by directly, and in full view of everyone, disobeying the order. “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days” (Daniel 6:10). Daniel was completely loyal to any ruler placed over him until that ruler ordered him to disobey God. At that moment, when a choice had to be made between the world and God, Daniel chose God. As should we all.
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