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Submission Part One

"Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors , who are sent to punish those who do wrong and commend those who do right" (1 Pet.2:13-14).

There is a long-standing struggle about how God's people are to balance their allegiance to God, with the demand that they are to be submissive to secular rulers. If you think this is a recent phenomena, way back in the days of Samuel the prophet in the Old Testament it was there. Samuel was as just and honest man who ever walked the earth, but his two sons who he had appointed to rule and judge were not. Israel reeled under their mismanagement, as they abused their power, but dishonesty and immorality were only the tip of the iceberg. The nation faced annihilation at the hands of the Philistines, and in desperation, the people asked Samuel to appoint a king. After he warned them of its dangers and consequences, he reluctantly helped them secure a king. In Peter's time, the people were under the rule of the Roman Empire. It was ruthless system that kept its subjects in line with overbearing force, yet Peter told the people to submit for the Lord's sake to the authority of governments... Fast forward to today and we find that Christians have a stake in good government...The Psalmist asked this question; "When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (11:3). Christians have nothing to gain from chaos and disorder. Normally, it is in the self-interest of those in power to punish the evil-doers, and to praise hard-working, honest folks. I think that Peter had his Spirit inspired eyes are on the influence Christians have on the unbelieving world about them. I believe when he wrote, "show proper respect to everyone," (Vs 17) it was to have an umbrella effect. If we read the entire verse it says this; "Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king" In a wonderful nutshell we have the mantra of a good Christian. We are to love our brothers and sisters in the Lord, fear God, and honor the king. The fear God sandwiched between the other two demonstrates that Peter is telling us that allegiance to God is one step above allegiance to any other entity.... I hope you find these words as powerful as I do..

Have a great day.... Do good and give God the credit.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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