Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
I needed to read this, I felt compelled to weep like Jeremiah for what seems to be an increasing idolatry and fallen nature in our country, I must awaken from the sinful tendency to place faith in earthly institutions and their power. I must awaken from the sinful tendency to take my jealousy for the obedience to and the glory of our God to a point that degrades my witness of the Gospel of The Kingdom of Christ. I must repent.
Submission to Authority”
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
(1 Peter 2:13-25 ESV)
So I offer my “Preaching to Myself” to others in the hope it drives us to pray and proclaim our true hope.
God is sovereign over the institutions (Romans 13:1) and if we, as Christians, want to see these institutions honor more biblical positions and it just makes sense that we consider the fundamental root causes (at least as far as our finite minds can perceive) to the events that have come to pass and go forth from there.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we must now don the ashes and sackcloth (Daniel 9:3) and plea for mercy upon the lost and idolaters that are our fellow citizens of our nation. We must confess before our God that He alone deserves honor and glory and praise. To him belongs righteousness. We must realize the time is now for The Gospel of The Kingdom of Christ to be our foremost priority. I have mentioned to several people in the past how I feel led to plant a Gospel Saturated Church that exalts Christ in all things, and reaches it’s neighborhood and the world with The Gospel. If there was ever a time to take the Gospel to The Cities it is now! We have witnessed the degradation of the sanctity of marriage and life and other laws pass that lead to lawlessness and debauchery concentrate in the cities and major metropolitan areas of our nation. We don’t need Republicans or Democrats; we need The Gospel.
Afresh, let us recall the words of The Apostle Paul and act upon its propositions and implications!
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
(Romans 10:14-17 ESV)