On Sunday at church I talked about Christian attitudes toward government.
To be honest, I was kind of nervous about it. After all, government and politics is a touchy subject these days. There are divisive and polarizing issues. And sometimes it seems that common sense and civility go out the window!
I think the congregation was a bit nervous too. That’s why several people said it was good I wore a black tie so that I didn’t inadvertently identify with any one particular political party!
In light of that, this week I’m going to share a few ancient bits of biblical wisdom from Romans 13 that still give us guidance today.
In verse 4, Paul writes that “the one in authority is God’s servant for your good.” Nowadays, people balk at that idea because they think it puffs us politicians and paints them with a nobility they don’t deserve.
But in the 1st century when Paul was writing, a lot of high officials thought they were divine and deserved worship! So Paul was actually providing a corrective: When government works properly, officials should go about their tasks with utter humility because they recognize they are under God—and ultimately serving his interests (and not their own).
Here’s the bridge to today.
You and I should expect HUMILITY from our politicians and government officials.
I don’t know what country you live in or what political party you support. But think about your elected officials. I think we should expect certain things from our leaders—things like a heart for justice and honesty.
But one of the things I believe the Bible teaches is that we should also expect HUMILITY.
It should cause us to be very thankful when we see it; and it should cause us to be very concerned when we don’t.
By Matthew Ruttan
- Today’s “Up!” is partly based on my Sunday podcast called “Trudeau, Trump, Wynne – What does the Bible teach about a Christian’s attitude toward government?” You can listen in here.