By John Porter
The Lord Jesus made it very clear that we have a responsibility to human government. You remember that He was asked by His enemies, “Is it lawful to pay tribute to Caesar, or not?” He asked them to show Him a coin—He wanted to teach them from something they themselves had. He asked them whose superscription and whose image was on the coin. They said, “Caesar’s.” Then He made this significant statement, “…Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s”. (Luke 20:25)
Paul said to a young preacher, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” (I Tim. 2:1-3)
The duty of the believer as a citizen of heaven is spiritual. The duty of a believer as a citizen under a government is secular.
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. (Romans 13:1)
We are to submit ourselves to governmental authorities for the very simple reason that they are ordained of God. It is true that the kingdoms of this world belong to Satan and that injustice and corruption abound in all governments, yet God still has control. God still rules—even over this earth. God has not abdicated His throne; He is riding triumphantly in His own chariot. Neither is He disturbed about what is happening on this earth.
Christianity never became a movement to improve government, help society, or clean up the town. The gospel is the power of God unto the salvation of the individual. What is the Christian to do? Our business is to spread the Word of God abroad and to obey the law.
Please pray for Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and their families.
Please pray for basic respect and honor among all peoples.
Please pray for the Trump cabinet, the Senate and the House.
Continue to pray for First Federated Church and Pastor Mike and Connie as we continue through this transition in our ministry.