This sermon was based on Romans 13:1-7
Submission to the Authorities
1Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
5Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
- Government is part of God’s purpose for the World.
- Following the government is pragmatic.
- Government leaders are servants of God.
Submission and Authority
- Authority is good thing, and so government has been put here by God.
- Submission to our authorities means that at all times we have an attitude of respect.
- Verses 6 and 7 tell us that we must pay our taxes, we don’t try and fiddle them, God requires us to be honest and pay our taxes.
Be Salt and Light
- Submission reflects our relationship to God and Kingdom values.
- However we are also meant to influence. As Christians, we are to influence our government for good. Salt influences, it determines the flavour of the food and keeps things from rotting. Christians should be lights on a hill, influencing society and keeping it from rotting.
- When what society and government wants to do, is against God’s word, then we are called again to be God’s salt and light.