Following the Rules

Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work.–Titus 3:1

The Bible commands us to submit to the law of the land. Actually the Bible states multiple times that we are to obey the leadership we have here on earth.

Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme–1 Peter 2:13

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

It’s hard for us to obey all the rules. How many of us speed? I would say quite a few, my drive to work, I’m pretty sure there are only two cars actually going the speed limit. Although everyone is going well past the speed limit, the rule is that you go the posted speed. The speed limit is just one example, we try to get away with, not obeying many laws that we have.

We also try to justify why we don’t need to obey a particular leader, whether that is in our local government, state government, of federal government because we don’t like what political party they are part of. No where in the Bible does it say a particular political party is Biblical. Quite honestly, they all could use to read the Bible a few times. In Romans 13:1, Paul, is very clear that God put the current rulers in their place. Sometimes that is hard to understand with the leaders that are elected, but we know that God has control of everything. That means we need to obey whether the party in power is our choice or not.

So if God, put the leaders in their position, do we always have to follow it? In 1 Peter 2:13 it says we are to submit ourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake. If God put those leaders in their place, then if we are to follow the Lord that means we need to follow their rules, unless it goes against God’s word.

God’s word is supreme as he is the ruler over everything. Therefore, if an earthly rulers’ rule goes against God’s word, we must go with what God’s word says. As hard as it can be, we must submit ourselves to the law of the land, but only if it does not conflict with God’s word. Even that speeding thing!

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