Submission To Authority

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2010 in New Testament, Romans
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Romans 13:1a, 6-7
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established… This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Of everything Paul mentioned this far, this above passage was something I found hard to accept. Not that I don’t believe it but that God would place people in power who are often corrupt, selfish, prideful, heartless, etc. Worse still, the fact that we have to pay all our taxes and honor and respect them is something I find even more difficult. Why would God place such people in power? How can we honor and respect those who don’t always deserve it?

Look back at the time of Moses and the hardhearted Pharaoh all the way to today. Who are we to judge them when we ourselves are sinners? God does not measure the intensity of the sin because to Him, all have sinned and fallen short of His glory. Therefore, we are called to respect and honor those in power, pray for God’s wisdom upon them, pay our taxes and revenues and live a life of submission. I got ticketed for speeding a few days back and I felt really bad for getting caught but the policeman was doing his duty and I was breaking the law. I therefore should not pity myself but feel guilty for breaking the law and paying the price for it is better than taking a life. Thank you Lord Jesus for placing the officer where you did and correcting me before it was too late!

In His Loving Service,

  1. Vineet,

    You have an attitude of a learner and submission and authority means we are ready to learn and accept correction. And yes, we come out as better people, and citizens. Do I respect authority? At times…I am mad at politicians but I know, God does not excuse me even when they are wrong. I need and ought to respect and honor those in authority…be it in government or even my own hubby!

    Thank you and God bless you!


  2. ServantBoy says:

    I pray I will always have that attitude because often I can be stubborn about what I think I know and refuse to learn and soemtimes I pay the price for that stupidity like I did the other day! I’m certain my wife and kids don’t always want to love and respect me for the ogre I can be but they do and that makes our family a loving unit connected by God’s love. Thank you again for your timely encouragement and wisdom.

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