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. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Romans 13:1-7
This is one of those commands that I have problems obeying. It is easy to submit to authorities I approve of, harder for those I don’t. I have no problem with elected officials I voted for but the ones I didn’t vote for, yes, those I sometime forget they too serve at God’s pleasure. Not that God necessarily select them, but He allows them to serve as leaders. God is not some chess grand master moving pieces around on a board, His plan works through human free will. Still, regardless of how people become leaders, we are commanded to respect them. We don’t have to agree with them but we need to respect their authority.
No matter who is sitting as president we need to pray for them and we need to respect them. So no matter if you voted for President Obama or not, whether you agree with his policies or not, he is our president and worthy of not only our respect but our prayer. That goes for our mayor, other elected official in the city, county and state. God gave us governments. We need to respect them.
Have a blessed day,