Your Government

Romans 13:1-5(NIV)

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

If there is an opinion poll on who are the most corrupt, people would point out that government officials are the most corrupt.  Perhaps it is because they have power and they can make decisions that can influence and affect a large cross-section of their constituents.  As a voter, you can only choose who you think will do the best job.  The government cannot please everybody and some of their policies will be good for some and not good for others.

One thing we need to keep in mind is that those who work for the government are just that.  They enforce the rules set by all levels of government.  They are also providing services that are beneficial to the general population.  The governing authorities are also human, so the key decision makers are susceptible to the temptations of the power that they hold in their position.  All we can do is to trust in God and to pray for our government that they will do what is best for the general population.  God has given us the government for our benefit.

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