by Morey ~ February 11th, 2008
America is presently in the time of a new election cycle we are going to the polls in November to elect a new President to lead our country, and in some cases, new Senators or Representatives. As the elections approach we need to understand things about leadership — specifically about God’s role in the choosing of our leaders and how we are to relate to them.
There are verses from the book of Romans in the New Testament that teach us how we are to conduct ourselves toward those who lead us. Here is the first verse of seven, which I will be covering over the next few days. Romans 13:1 says:
Let every person be subordinate to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been established by God.
This first verse tells us that each of us are under the rule of our leaders. What leaders do is to govern the land in the way they see fit — hopefully for the betterment of the people under their leadership and for the advancement of the way of life of those he leads.
This does not say that we have to agree with what he is doing or that we must like what he is doing, but it says we are subordinate to him. This implies that must submit to him because he has been placed in the position of leading us. The leader leads, we follow.
The second phrase tells us that our leaders have been put into the position they are in because God has given them that particular authority. The President of the United States of America has been elected to the position by the citizens of this land, but make no mistake about it: God has his hand in the choosing of the President.
If you look back to the 2000 election and what a fiasco that was, we see Al Gore fighting with every angle he could think of to gain the Presidency. Then, mere months into that Presidency, America was attacked by a foreign entity.
I, for one, am so relieved that George Bush was elected, because I have visions of Mr. Gore trotting his negotiators off to Afghanistan to open talks with al Qaeda and give away the store to appease them. You can’t appease someone who’s only goal in life is to cut your head off — literally. God had his hand in that election and he got the best person in the Oval Office that was available at the time. It was by God’s authority that George Bush was elected to a position of authority over America.
The third phrase of this first verse clarifies, emphasizes, and sums up the what was said in the first two phrases – God has established those authorities that exist. Our leaders are our leaders because God chose them by whatever means is available to Him — in the case of America — through the election process.
For the last 8 years, our President has been slandered and cut-off at the knees by members of Congress and former Presidents. Some of these people have visited countries in the Mid-East (without the President’s approval)with whom we have cut-off relations so that we might gain a little negotiation leverage. Former Presidents attend meetings of Arab countries and exclaim how America, and in particular the Bush Administration, has started wars for bogus reasons and that its policies have done nothing but increase the animosity toward this great nation.
This has got to stop. Some members of Congress, former Presidents and Vice-Presidents, members of the press and other media have the mistaken idea they are in control. They try to gain control through their particular forum, and it is apparent that they do not realize their true position: they are subordinate to the President of the United States.
If some of these people really read the Bibles that they all have in their homes and offices, they would know this passage from Romans. If they were true believers (they are not required to thump their Bible at any time) they would take this passage to heart. They would know the proper way to act in relation to their superior. But they don’t know how to act to their President and so they walk a razor’s edge and by their words commit seditious acts, which, in any lesser country, may bring them to account for those actions and words.
I thank God for America and for living in this great country.
I’ll take up verse two in my next post.