Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. -Titus 3:1-2
In light of memorial day coming up this Monday I would like to just take a moment to remember and reflect on something that the Bible teaches (and it teaches this in more places than one). Christians can be a good witness when they are subject to rulers and authorities, when they are ready to obey laws (Don’t speed!!), ready for every good work (think charities), speaking evil of no one (even when we don’t like who is our authority) being peaceable(even when we are oppressed), gentle (even when others are aggresive), and showing all humility to all men (even when they are prideful). That doesn’t mean you can’t disagree with an authority but in the end you need to be subject to them and obey their laws (the only exception seen in the Bible is when we are forced to choose between obeying God or men, in that case we choose God. Even then though they chose to disagree respectfully and without waging war on the Sanhedrin). Ninety percent of the time though we can still be subject to authorities and obey.
The point is so that they will say “wow those Christians make the best citizens, they are so peaceful, humble, gentle, well spoken of, always ready for good works, obedient and loyal”. That sounds like a good witness to me. So many times I hear people begin to speak evil of other people the moment the topic of politics is brought up. It is one thing to respectfully disagree with your President, it is another to speak evil of him unnecessarily. If you have been doing so then your in sin and your being a bad witness. You can disagree with the ideas and even hate the ideas but you must never hate the person. This memorial day as we remember those who have died in the name of freedom let us not forget to honor that sacrifice by a life that is subject to that which they died for. Do not forget where you came from and how you got here, and how many others paid the ultimate sacrifice for you to do so. If you do forget then you are only taking for yourself the blessings of previous generations and preventing future generations from ever partaking in the same. I understand your frustrations with the decisions of certain “powers that be” but that doesn’t mean we stop being a good witness through it.
I have in mind here certain governmental authorities but they are not the only authorities we should be subject to. Part of being a Christian (a big part) is learning how to submit. First to God then to one another. Many churches have been torn apart simply by an attitude of “me first”. I am not saying that you can never question authority- just check your heart before you do. We forget sometimes that God is a God of order and that means putting in certain authorities to help create that order (we are all equal in His eyes but He does call us to different roles at times).
So please, don’t let your frustrations turn into bitternesss because that will only turn your heart to hate and hate does much more damage to you than it does to anyone else.
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Romans 13:1