Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. -Romans 13:1, NLT
I believe with all my heart that God has planted greatness in all of us. There are times all of us are called to be leaders and take charge of a situation.
But I also fully believe we are called—commanded—to recognize and respect those who are in authority in our lives. We are to do this even when those authorities aren’t perfect. And we all know that no one and no system is perfect.
Though there are many places where brutal dictators still do their evil, in much of the world there are limits on authority, and systems have been set in place for respectful discourse and even disagreement. So we aren’t living in the world of the Roman Empire that Paul toiled in. But let’s not give the freedoms we cherish and the invitation for input and participation to allow us to think that God’s principles of respect and submission aren’t still binding on us.
We honor God when we honor authority. God asks us to pray for those in authority—in our homes, churches, governments, nations. . . .
So let’s participate, using our influence based on godly understanding, but always with the utmost respect. And let’s teach our children the same. We honor others by showing respect, and we can honor the Word of God today by following His Holy Spirit wisdom. Will you pray today for someone who has influence over your life as a leader?
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.